Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

Boston Passes Energy Benchmarking Law 9-4

Code Compliance Savings Potential

IMT applauds Boston, Massachusetts for becoming the eighth U.S. city to increase the transparency of energy use in its buildings.

The newly approved benchmarking ordinance, passed by the Boston City Council with a 9-4 vote, will require [1,600] large commercial and residential buildings to annually report and disclose their whole-building energy and water usage.

The law encourages building owners to use the support of Renew Boston and local utility partners, which have extensive programs and resources to assist in reducing energy use.

Boston’s Environment and Energy Services is working with local utilities to help develop a process that simplifies whole building data collection and reporting to ensure ease of compliance.

The City will also disclose the energy and water use annually for all of its public facilities, starting with 2012’s building data.

Effective Date: 
29 May 2013