US Policy Briefs

Local jurisdictions in the U.S. have begun aggressive policies aimed at commercial, multifamily and government buildings. There are numerous building energy policies in the US with specific benchmarking, rating and disclosure requirements unique to each locality. Each jurisdiction's policy parameters are summarized by the date rating legislation was enacted, the period of time needed to fully implement the mandate, the rating or benchmarking tool used, the parties to whom information must be disclosed, and the building types affected. Policies under development or consideration are also included with as much detail as currently available. 

 

 CHICAGO Learn more...

Law: Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance

Enacted: June 2013

Implementation: 2013-2015

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

    

         

Disclosure: Public Website, Government

Building Type: Commercial, Residential, and Government buildings > 50,000 sq. ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

 BOSTON Learn more...

Law: Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

Enacted: February 2013

Implementation: TBD

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager

    

         

Disclosure: Public website, Government

Building Type: Non-residential buildings > 35,000 sq. ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

 MINNEAPOLIS Learn more...

Law: Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Ordinance

Enacted: January 2013

Implementation: TBD

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager

    

         

Disclosure: Public Website, Government

Building Type: Non-residential buildings > 50,000 sq. ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

 PHILADELPHIA Learn more...

Law: Bill No. 120428-A

Enacted: June 2012

Implementation: TBD

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

    

         

Disclosure: Buyers, Lessees, Public Website, Government

Building Type: Non-residential buildings > 50,000 sq. ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

Law: Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance  Ordinance

Enacted: February 2011

Implementation: 2011-2013

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

Disclosure: Public Website, Government, Tenants

Building Type: Public and commercial buildings > 10,000 sq.ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

Law: Efficiency First, SB 5854

Enacted: May 2009

Implementation: 2011-2013

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

Disclosure: Buyers, Lessees, Lenders

Building Type: Public buildings > 10,000 sq.ft., Private non-residential buildings> 50,000 sq.ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

Law: Council Bill 116731

Enacted: January 2010

Implementation: 2011-2013

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 



Disclosure: Government, Tenants

Building Type: Public buildings > 10,000 sq.ft., Private non-residential buildings> 50,000 sq.ft., Multifamily buildings > 5 units

Rating Type: Operational

 

Law: Local Law 84

Enacted: December 2009

Implementation: 2010-2013

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

Disclosure: Public website, Government

Building Type: Public buildings > 10,000 sq.ft., Commercial & Multifamily buildings> 50,000 sq.ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

Law: Clean & Affordable Energy Act

Enacted: July 2008

Implementation: 2010-2014

Ratingtool: Portfolio Manager 

 

Disclosure: Public website, Government

Building Type: Public buildings> 10,000 sq. ft., Commercial & Multifamily bulidings > 50,000 sq.ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 

Law: Energy Conservation Audit & Disclosure (ECAD) Ordinance

Enacted: November 2008

Implementation: June 2011

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager, ACLARA

Disclosure: Buyers, Government

Building Type: All public and non-residential buildings

Rating Type: Operational   

 

CACALIFORNIA Learn more...

Law: Assembly Bill 1103

Enacted: October 2007

Implementation: 2010-2012

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

    

Disclosure: Buyers, Lessees, Lenders, Government

Building Type: Non-residential buildings

Rating Type: Operational

Portland flagPortland, OR (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

Law: n/a

Enacted: n/a

Implementation: n/a

Rating tool: Portfolio Manager 

Disclosure: Government

Building Type: Commercial & Multifamily buildings > 20,000 sq.ft.

Rating Type: Operational

 
 State of Massachusetts  (UNDER DEVELOPMENT)

Law: n/a

Enacted: n/a

Implementation: n/a

Rating tool: TBD 

Disclosure: Public website

Building TypePublic buildings . 10,000 sq.ft., Commercial & Multifamily buildings > 10,000 sq.ft.

Rating Type: Asset

 
 
 
 
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