Philadelphia Expands Energy Benchmarking Requirements to Residential Buildings

Apr 29, 2015

On March 5th, 2015 Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed Bill #150011, amending the existing energy benchmarking law to include residential buildings.  Final details of the legislation are set to be released mid-late summer 2015.        

Energy Benchmarking requirements were introduced by the passing of Bill 120428-A, on June 21, 2012.  The bill initially required owners of nonresidential spaces of 50,000 square feet or more to track and report energy and water use.  The initial requirement was designed to capture hospitals, schools, churches, shopping centers and other large “non-residential” commercial properties.  The bill was modeled after others passed by major U.S. cities including New York, Washington, D.C and San Francisco.  More recently Chicago has passed a similar ordinance that phases in the requirement over three years. 

The benchmarking system will provide an energy score on a scale of 1-100 for each building, with 75 being the threshold for Energy Star certification. 

Industry experts believe the benefits to building owners will be:

·         More accurate measurements of energy cost before and after purchasing a property

·         Availability of comparative data to gauge potential improvements

·         Overall reduction in energy cost Nationwide

The data reporting system owners are required to use is called Portfolio Manager and is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  CAI, in conjunction with CAI and GPCMA, is hosting several training sessions in the coming months to assist property managers in using the system.  Visit this link for details on the sessions coming up in June.

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