Local Energy Efficiency Policies

Turning Mandates into Energy Savings

Energy disclosure laws for commercial real estate are here. Benchmarking laws and ordinances are becoming much more common, and require some level of measuring energy consumption for commercial properties. Energy disclosures are a first step at helping bring awareness to our energy use across the country. The hope is that with information, the market will begin to ask more questions, get better answers, and in turn, increase energy efficiency.

EnergyPrint is here to help. We make it simple to not only achieve local compliance, but also help you use this opportunity to take action and reduce your energy expense.

Below is a list of all city and state ordinances across the U.S. Find your local regulations for more information, or contact us to get started.

 

California

California State

Requirements:

  • A building’s energy use must be disclosed to buyers, lenders and lessees

San Francisco, CA

Deadline: April 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Non-residential buildings 10,000 sf and greater (Energy Data Only)

Buildings must have energy audits performed every 5 years starting on the following schedule:

  • Nov. 15, 2012 for buildings > 50,000 sf (ASHRAE Level II)
  • April 1, 2013 for buildings between 25,000 and 49,999 sf (ASHRAE Level I)
  • April 1, 2013 for buildings between 10,000 and 24,999 sf (ASHRAE Level I)

Colorado

Boulder, CO

Deadline:

  • May 1 (annually) – City Buildings over 5,000 sf (Energy Data Only)
  • August 1 (June 1 annually thereafter) – Commercial buildings 50,000 sf (Energy Data Only)
  • June 1, 2018 (annually) – Commercial buildings 30,000 – 50,000 sf (Energy Data Only)
  • June 1, 2020 (annually) – Commercial buildings 20,000 – 30,000 sf (Energy Data Only)

Requirements:

  • Annual energy reporting
  • Energy Assessments required every 10 years (ASHRAE Level II)
  • Retro-commissioning required every 10 years
  • Implementation of a one-time lighting upgrade

District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

Deadline: April 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • Residential buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • City buildings over 10,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)

Georgia

Atlanta, GA

Deadline: September 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Municipal buildings 10,000 sf and greater (Energy and Water Data)
  • Non-city owned buildings 50,000 sf and greater (Energy and Water Data)

Starting September 2017, buildings between 25,000 and 50,000 sf are required to submit. Beginning in 2016, audits will be required and will run on a 10 year cycle.

Illinois

Chicago, IL

Deadline: June 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial and Residential buildings 50,000 sf and greater (Energy Data Only)

Buildings must have energy audits performed on the first year and every third year after.

Maryland

Montgomery County, MD

Deadline: June 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial Buildings 250,000 sf and greater (Energy Data Only)

Starting June 2017, buildings between 50,000 and 250,000 sf are required to submit. Buildings must have energy audits performed on the first year and every third year after.

Massachusetts

Boston, MA

Deadline: May 15 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial buildings 35,000 sf and greater (Energy and Water Data)
  • Residential buildings 50,000 sf and greater (or >50 units) (Energy and Water Data)

Starting May 15, 2017, Residential Buildings between 35,000 and 49,999 sf (or 35-50 units) are required to submit.

Cambridge, MA

Deadline: May 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Non-residential buildings 25,000 sf or greater (Energy and Water Data)
  • Residential buildings with 50 or more units (Energy and Water Data)
  • Municipal buildings 10,000 sf or greater (Energy and Water Data)

Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Deadline: May 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Government Buildings 25,000 sf and greater (Energy and Water Data)
  • Commercial Buildings 50,000 sf and greater (Energy and Water Data)

Missouri

Kansas City, MO

Deadline: May 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • 2016 – Municipal buildings over 10,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • 2017 – Commercial and multifamily buildings over 100,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • 2018 – Commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)

New York

New York, NY

Deadline: May 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Government buildings over 10,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • Non-residential buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • Residential buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)

Oregon

Portland, OR

Deadline: April 22 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial buildings over 20,000 sf (Energy Data Only)

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Deadline: June 30 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Non-residential buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)
  • Multifamily buildings over 50,000 sf (Energy and Water Data)

Texas

Austin, TX

Deadline: June 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial buildings over 10,000 sf (Energy Data Only)
  • Multi-family buildings must conduct energy audits every 10 years (must make available to residents)
  • Residential homes must conduct energy audits before selling and disclose to potential buyers

Washington

Washington State

Requirements:

  • Commercial buildings over 10,000 sf must disclose energy use to potential buyers
  • All public buildings greater than 10,000 sf must have investment grade audit completed in an ENERGY STAR score of less than 50 is achieved

State Agencies cannot lease or renew a lease in a privately owned building with an ENERGY STAR score of less than 75.

Seattle, WA

Deadline: April 1 (annually)

Requirements:

  • Commercial buildings over 20,000 sf  (Energy Data Only)
  • Multi-Family buildings over 20,000 sf (Energy Data Only)