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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.
The ordinance mandates that, depending on square size and building type, new residential buildings must be 30%-75% more efficient than 2006 International Energy Conservation and Insulation Code levels. Depending on size, major renovations must be 15%-50% more efficient than IECC levels (Home Energy Rating System score of 70-100). To obtain a residential building permit applicants must meet Green Points requirements and obtain energy audit. For commercial buildings, mandates energy modeling for large buildings and a 30% increase in commercial construction requirements.
The ordinance requires all new single family residential units, as defined by the 2006 International Residential Code, to be certified according adopted energy standards.
This ordinance adopts the 2012 Edition of the International Green Construction Code of the International Council. The ordinance regulates the construction, enlargement, alteration, repair, demolition, use, and maintenance of construction with in the city. The ordinance provides for a penalty not to exceed $2,000
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 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.
This model ordinance adopts the International Green Construction Code; establishes that where there is a conflict between an existing law or regulation and a specific requirement of this code, the specific law or regulation shall be applicable; and establishes the range of application for compliance. The International Green Construction Code creates minimum green requirements for an entire construction project including the design, construction, and certificate of occupancy.
This ordinance adopts the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code as the Property Maintenance Code for the city. The code applies to all existing residential structures and defines minimum standards for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, energy conservation, protection from the elements, life safety, and safety from other hazards. Except for some exemptions, existing structures must be altered to meet the minimum standards in the code. This ordinance is one of the three 'SmartRegs' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7726.
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 ordinance adopts the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code with 2001 supplement, mandating energy efficiency rates of 15% above current rates set by the city. The ordinance shall regulate the design and construction of new buildings, building additions, or level 3 alterations as defined in the International Existing Building Code 2006.