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Monitoring your energy use isn’t just a good idea—it’s now the law in some cities and states. As we report on in our new EBN feature article, Energy Reporting—It’s the Law, the public is about to find out just how much energy is being consumed in thousands of large buildings in New York City, and similar laws are being enacted and taking effect in several other U.S. cities.
Many of the laws that require energy reporting are called “benchmarking” laws. But actual benchmarking may or may not be part of the process. These key definitions should help cut through the confusion.
Owners get nervous about being embarrassed by having to report poor energy efficiency—or arguably, by reporting a simple number when a more complex story must often be told (such as one involving high occupancy rates contributing to high energy use) to understand a building’s performance. A reporting requirement in Philadelphia was passed over the objections of one owners’ group.
We’re on the cusp of a new era of building energy labels. Here are some of the things we're wondering about.
Please post your thoughts below! And of course, for more investigation, see Energy Reporting—It’s the Law in EBN.
Image note: We love the EnergyGuide image shown here, and since it's now all over the Internet we don't know who originated it. If you know, let us know!
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