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A local law to amend the New York City charter and the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring energy audits and retro-commissioning of base building systems of certain buildings and retro-fitting of certain city-owned buildings.
This ordinance sets energy benchmarking requirements on buildings over 20,000 square feet. It also changes the enforcement process for individuals that do not submit an energy benchmark report by moving from accruing fines daily to quarterly fines. The ordinance formally creates an exemption for buildings used in industrial manufacturing, authorizes the delegation of enforcement authority, and authorizes the establishment of grace periods.
This policy brief discusses a system of public disclosure of a building's ENERGY STAR performance score, which rates a buildings energy efficiency based on utility bills, in order to motivate building owners to invest in energy efficient technologies. The brief asserts that public disclosure of these scores would lead to investment in clean energy technologies, create jobs, and increase energy efficiency.
The ordinance requires buildings that exceed 50,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet if two buildings are on the same tax lot, to benchmark its total use of energy and water for the previous calendar year. Energy and water usage data must be compiled by property owners on or before May 1st, 2010 and every May 1st thereafter. A building that does not have automated water metering is exempt from the water usage benchmarking requirement. The department of finance is required to make information generated by the benchmarking tool available to the public on the internet no later than every September first for city buildings. Information generated by the benchmarking tool for the 2009 calendar year for city buildings, for the 2010 calendar year for covered buildings, and for the 2011 calendar year for covered buildings whose primary use is residential, as determined by the department of finance, shall not be disclosed. The ordinance also requires the Mayor's Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability to prepare, submit to the mayor and the speaker of the city council, and post on the internet a report reviewing and evaluating the administration and enforcement of this article and analyzing data obtained from the benchmarking tool.
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing reporting requirements for the department of citywide administrative services on the status of city-owned real property
The ordinance requires benchmarking of energy and water use for nonresidential buildings or spaces of 25,000 square feet or more in Philadelphia using a benchmarking application developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The ordinance requires the seller or lessor of any covered building to, upon request, provide prospective purchasers or lessees with a copy of the building's most recent Statement of Energy Performance. The ordinance also calls on the administration to implement a citywide program for reporting of benchmarking data online in a manner that permits viewing and comparing of energy and water usage among comparable buildings and uses.
The ordinance requires the City to annually disclose energy and water use in all its facilities for the previous calendar year. All large and medium buildings or groups of buildings are required to report annual energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions through Energy Star Portfolio Manager or an equivalent mechanism. The requirement would first apply to non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up in 2014 for the 2013 calendar year, and then to residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up, in 2015, non-residential buildings 35,000 square feet and up in 2016, and residential buildings 35,000 square feet and up in 2017. The City would make energy and water use per square foot, Energy Star ratings, greenhouse gas emissions, and other identifying and contextual information for individual buildings available on the Internet. Buildings not demonstrating high energy performance, continual improvements or other appropriate exemption criteria would be required to conduct energy assessments or actions every 5 years to identify opportunities for energy efficiency investment. Building owners would not be required to act on their energy assessments. Failure to comply with reporting requirements will result in fines for building owners. The development of regulations and implementation of the ordinance are overseen by the Air Pollution Control Commission.
This is a point of sale ordinance that applies to anyone selling their home. When someone sells, their home, the ordinance requires the seller have a standardized Austin Energy audit performed on their house and the results must be disclosed to the prospective buyers. An energy audit is used for the following reasons: High electric and gas bills; Problems staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter; One room is too hot while another room is too cold; Air conditioner or furnace seems to run all the time; Indoor air quality issues, including problems with dust, mold, drafts, or asthma; Interest in renewable energy sources. In addition, having an energy assessment is the first step in reducing the environmental impact of one's home energy expenditure. Most homeowners can reduce their footprint by 20-50%, and the home assessment test is the best way to find out how.
This bill requires owners of non-residential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger and of residential buildings of five units or more to submit reports of their building's energy performance using the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool. The reporting requirement is phased in over a two year period, with larger buildings subject to these requirements by January 1, 2011 and remaining buildings by January 1, 2012. Upon authorization by the building owner, utilities providing energy service in Seattle will be responsible for providing customer billing data in a format compatible with the Portfolio Manager database maintained nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Upon request, building owners will be required to disclose the energy performance of their building to current or prospective tenants, lenders, and buyers. The Department of Planning and Development will be responsible for developing and maintaining a database of all reporting buildings in the city, and for enforcement of the legislation.