DC Law Requires Commercial Buildings to Track Energy Use

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , |

Environmental Leader reports on a new requirement of the DC Clean and Affordable Energy Act, which takes effect next week. The law was passed in 2008 and requires owners of commerical properties in Washington, DC to track their energy use starting January 1, 2010.

The legislation is meant to give owners and tenants easy access to energy use information which will be measured with the help of the EPA’s Energy Star Manager tool. Armed with this information, tenants and owners will be able to increase energy efficiency and cut back energy use.

According to the Department of Energy, buildings are responsible for 70% of US energy consumption and are responsible for 40% of US greenhouse gas emissions. Another telling statistic from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development:

“Buildings account for 40 percent of the world’s energy use with the resulting carbon emissions substantially more than those in the transportation sector.”

DC is leading the way for energy efficient buildings and is currently ranked 4th nationally for Energy Star Rated Buildings. This type of energy efficiency legislation exists in California and Washington state and is being discussed in New York city, though building owners there oppose the plan calling the requirements, “cost prohibitive”.

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