Boston becomes latest city to order building energy benchmarking

Last week, the Boston City Council approved an ordinance requiring larger commercial and residential buildings to report annual energy and water usage to the city, which in turn will make this information available to the public.

As the VERGE conference begins today in Boston, it joins seven U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, as well as two states -- California and Washington -- in enacting energy reporting requirements aimed at reducing carbon emissions by cutting energy consumption.

This ordinance has its origins in recommendations made in 2010 by Boston Mayor Tom Menino's Climate Action Leadership Committee. It is reflective of a growing trend nationwide to increase transparency in building performance through the sector's convergence with IT, as described in the GreenBiz report, "VERGE and the Built Environment," released during last year's VERGE conference in San Francisco.

Energy benchmarking programs in the U.S.

 

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