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More than 50 cities, regional governments and nations have enacted rating and disclosure measures to regulate the energy performance of commercial buildings in the past 15 years. In the U.S., five cities and two states have put similar laws on the books in the past five years.
While the U.S. is relatively new to the process, the speed with which regulations are being developed and the federal push to make existing buildings more energy efficient make it likely that more local and regional governments will soon adopt building energy performance requirements.
The two publications reviewed in the post are:
- The Institute for Market Transformation’s report, “Building Energy Transparency: A Framework for Implementing U.S. Commercial Energy Rating & Disclosure Policy“
- CB Richard Ellis’ “Guide to State and Local Energy Performance Regulations“