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City Energy Benchmarking Law Provides Real Benefit

Last year, Philadelphia joined a growing number of cities — including New York, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington — that have adopted laws requiring commercial building owners to gather and report data on energy use in their buildings. Though Philadelphia is still developing final regulations for what is known as the Energy Benchmarking Law, the law applies to any building with 50,000 square feet of interior, commercial-use space. Building owners will need to collect data (including from tenants) on electric, oil, natural gas, steam, and water usage, and upload that data into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager System.

5/09 Philadelphia Business Journal