City of Boston Enacts Energy and Resource Reporting Ordinance

In May 2013, The City of Boston enacted a local ordinance requiring building owners/operators to report building energy use and water consumption each year.  The requirement on when to first report is phased with non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and greater to start annual reporting in 2014 for the 2013 reporting year (RY), residential buildings greater than 50,000 s.f. start reporting in 2015 (for RY2014), non-residential buildings greater than 35,000 s.f. start reporting in 2016 for (RY2015), and residential buildings greater than 35,000 s.f. start reporting in 2017 (for RY2016).  Buildings not demonstrating high energy performance or improvement must conduct energy assessments every five (5) years.  Continued under-performance or non-reporting can lead to fines for Owners, Operators, and Tenants. Click here for more information.

The ordinance is part of the City’s Climate Action Plan implemented by the Air Pollution Control Commission as a local measure to meet the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act which requires a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.  The Commission is still seeking stakeholder input to understand compliance challenges and to shape future policy.

For help with the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance and specifically what it means to your company, contact Steve Sakakeeny at ssakakeeny@sakenvironmental.com or 978.688.7804.