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D.C. Requires Building Owners to Report Energy Use

Washington, D.C., was among the early cities to require privately owned buildings to meet LEED standards (see EBN

Vol. 15, No. 12). Now, it is requiring the city government as well as private building owners to benchmark their buildings using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and to submit performance data to the City, which will then publish it for the public.

City buildings must be benchmarked annually starting in 2009. Annual benchmarking for private buildings will be phased in over four years, starting in 2010 (for buildings over 200,000 ft2, or 18,000 m2) and ending in 2013 (for buildings over 50,000 ft2, or 4,600 m2).

Published August 28, 2008

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September 12, 2008 - 9:34 am

The requirement in this story is in Title V of the "Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008", which is available online here:

http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/images/00001/20080804150618.pdf