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Update, October 24, 2013: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, the online tool used for energy benchmarking and for reporting the results to the District of Columbia, is now back online and fully functional. Technical support from ENERGY STAR is also available. Because of the federal government shutdown, the deadline for buildings owners to report benchmarking data to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has been extended to November 8, 2013. If your building is still not in compliance after November 8th, you will receive a Notice of Violation, and after a 30-day warning period, you may be fined.
The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 established that all private buildings over 50,000 gross square feet within the District of Columbia, including multifamily residences, must annually measure and disclose their energy and water consumption to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). The final regulations were published in January 2013 and the first reporting deadline was April 1, 2013.
Beginning with the second year of reported data, the DDOE will publish summary results for each building on its website. The standard software for benchmarking and reporting is the U.S. EPA’s free, industry-standard ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool. The Act also requires that the energy and water use of all District government buildings over 10,000 gross square feet also be benchmarked and disclosed.
Are You Covered?
How to Collect Data
Not sure where to begin with benchmarking?
Here are some resources to get you started.
Benchmarking for Tenants
Regulations and Forms
- The District of Columbia Government has published its building energy data. The first private building disclosure will happen later this year.
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