State and local governments across the country are taking bold steps to protect the environment and cut energy costs by adopting policies that leverage ENERGY STAR. The following are state and local government policy measures that refer to ENERGY STAR in their requirements.
Find out whether there are policies near you that affect your buildings, or read them to help shape your own policies.
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Executive Order 25
By December Fiscal Year 2015, all state departments and agencies will implement energy efficiency measures in order to achieve a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption relative to Fiscal Year 2005 levels, using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to measure and report energy performance. The Department of Economic and Community Affairs-Energy Division shall provide training on the use of Portfolio Manager to, at minimum, one primary and one alternate individual in each department and agency.
Green Communities Ordinance
This comprehensive ordinance requires all new local government-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn the ENERGY STAR or be certified under the LEED-NC or Earth Light for Commercial Construction rating systems. It also grants expedited permitting, plan review, and processing, as well as building and site inspections, for all privately-owned new construction and major renovation projects that have earned the ENERGY STAR. Additionally, the ordinance sets forth policies for city employees to turn off lights, power down computers, and consolidate meetings when possible.
ECAD Ordinance for Owners of Commercial Buildings
Austin’s Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Ordinance requires that eligible commercial facilities calculate their energy performance scores not later than June 16, 2011, using a rating system approved by the director of the Austin Electric Utility. Facilities must disclose this information to a purchaser or prospective purchaser of the facility before the time of sale. The City has identified the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool as the approved system for buildings with more than 5,000 square feet of space.
Boston’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance is a component of the City’s Climate
Assembly Bill 1103 requires that as of January 1, 2009, electric and gas utilities maintain and make available to building owners the energy consumption data of all nonresidential buildings in a format compatible with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. It also requires, as of January 1, 2010, that a nonresidential building owner or operator disclose Portfolio Manager benchmarking data and scores to prospective parties as part of a whole-building transaction.
Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance
Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance requires commercial and residential buildings over 50,000 square feet to benchmark their energy consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Commercial buildings larger than 250,000 square feet will be required to comply by June 2014 and buildings between 50,000 and 250,000 square feet will be required to comply by June 2015. Residential buildings within each of those groups will have an extra year to comply. Buildings will be required to disclose their 1–100 ENERGY STAR score, energy use intensity, and greenhouse gas emissions that the city will publicly disclose one year after the first annual report is submitted.
SB 1243 creates the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and tasks it with creating a plan by July 1, 2012, to reduce energy use in state-owned or -leased buildings by at least 10 percent by January 1, 2013, and another 10 percent by July 1, 2018, in conjunction with the Department of Administrative Services. The bill also requires utility companies to make the energy consumption data of all nonresidential buildings they serve publically available in a format compatible for uploading to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
Executive Order 18
Executive Order 18 requires that all State executive branch agencies, departments, and offices shall achieve a collective reduction in energy consumption of at least 20 percent by the end of fiscal year 2013 and 30 percent by the end of fiscal year 2015, from fiscal year 2008 levels. The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are directed to establish a plan to benchmark, monitor and track the energy use and carbon emissions of all State-owned and State-leased facilities. The State has chosen the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool as their benchmarking platform.
Executive Order 123
Executive Order 123 requires new construction and major renovations of existing and future city-owned and operated buildings to be Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR and benchmarked in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
District of Columbia
Green Building Act of 2006
The Green Building Act of 2006 requires District-owned commercial buildings to be designed to achieve 75 points on the EPA national energy performance scale as determined by the ENERGY STAR Target Finder tool and benchmarked annually in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 requires that, beginning in 2010, eligible privately-owned commercial buildings be benchmarked using Portfolio Manager on an annual basis and results will be published on a publicly available online database.
House Bill 7135 mandates that the state may not enter into new leasing agreements for office space that does not meet ENERGY STAR certified building standards. Additionally, buildings constructed and financed by the state must comply with the Florida Green Building Coalition standards or a nationally recognized, high-performance green building rating system, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
By December 31, 2010, each state department with responsibilities for the design and construction of public buildings and facilities will benchmark every existing public building that is either larger than 5,000 square feet or uses more than 8,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity or energy per year, using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool or an equivalent tool. The energy resources coordinator shall provide training to affected departments on Portfolio Manager.
Executive Directive 2005-4 requires the Department of Management and Budget to establish an energy efficiency target for all state buildings managed by a department or agency within the Executive Branch of state government. It requires that all state buildings occupied by state employees be benchmarked using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
Ordinance 47.190 requires public and private commercial buildings in Minneapolis to track energy and water consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. City buildings larger than 25,000 square feet will be required to benchmark and publicly disclose energy and water use starting in 2013. Private commercial buildings larger than 100,000 square feet will be required to benchmark starting in 2014 and publicly disclose their data in 2015, while private buildings larger than 50,000 square feet will begin benchmarking in 2015 and publicly disclosing in 2016.
Executive Order 88 directs state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state-owned and managed buildings by establishing a target of reducing average energy use intensity (EUI) by 20 percent relative to a fiscal year 2010/2011 baseline by April 1, 2020. All state facilities in New York will be benchmarked in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and the results will be posted on a public site as part of Build Smart NY, the implementation plan launched with the Executive Order.
New York, NY
Local Law 84
Local Law 84, part of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, requires public and private buildings in New York City to track energy and water consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. City buildings larger than 10,000 square feet will be required to benchmark energy and water use starting in 2010, and private buildings larger than 50,000 square feet will be required to do so starting in 2011. Performance metrics for eligible buildings will be published by the City on a publicly available online database.
Senate Bill 1096 creates the Oklahoma State Facilities Energy Conservation Program and directs all state agencies and higher education institutions to benchmark energy use in all state facilities using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool; improve energy efficiency by at least 20 percent by the year 2020; and seek to obtain the ENERGY STAR for all eligible facilities.
Executive Order 2007-02 establishes that the State of Ohio will use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool as the benchmarking tool for state-owned facilities to establish building baselines and measure and track energy use and carbon emissions within the state.
Bill No. 120428 requires non-residential buildings over 25,000 square feet to track energy and water consumption using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The City will publish energy and water performance metrics for eligible buildings on a publicly available online database, and the seller or lessor of any eligible building, upon request, must provide prospective purchasers or lessees with a copy of the building’s most recent Statement of Energy Performance.
San Francisco, CA
The Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance amends the San Francisco Environment Code to require owners of nonresidential buildings to file Annual Energy Benchmark Summaries for their buildings using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool beginning on April 1, 2011. The results of the Energy Benchmarking Summaries will be published on a publicly available online database.
San Joaquin, CA
Resolution No. 11-32
Resolution No. 11-32 commits the City to using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to benchmark its facilities’ energy data and identify opportunities for reducing energy consumption. The City resolves to promote energy reduction efforts citywide by providing ENERGY STAR tools and resources to its agencies and staff members and by encouraging other building managers to benchmark their energy use as well.
Council Bill 116731
This bill requires owners of commercial buildings greater than 10,000 square feet and multifamily buildings with four or more units to benchmark energy performance in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, in accordance with a phased rollout beginning in 2011. Upon request, building owners subject to this ordinance will be required to provide a copy of the most current energy benchmarking report to current tenants, prospective tenants, prospective buyers, and potential lenders considering an application for financing or refinancing of the building.
Executive Directive 2006-0004 requires a 20 percent increase in the energy efficiency of state buildings by 2015. This Directive led the Division of Facilities Construction and Management to implement the use of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool as the state benchmarking tool and to require all state buildings to benchmark energy consumption using Portfolio Manager.
SB 5854 - 2009-10 requires qualifying utilities to maintain records of energy data of all nonresidential customers and qualifying public agency buildings in a format compatible with the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The State will use Portfolio Manager for state-owned facilities and make resulting energy performance metrics publicly available. Beginning in 2010, eligible privately-owned commercial buildings are required to be benchmarked using Portfolio Manager and resulting metrics will be disclosed to a prospective buyer, lessee, or lender. For new construction, the WA Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development must determine the appropriate methodology to measure achievement of state energy code targets using the ENERGY STAR Target Finder tool or equivalent methodology.
West Chester, PA
This Ordinance requires new commercial construction to be Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR and benchmarked annually in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.