In Kansas City, building owners slow to comply with energy benchmarking rule

Read the full story in Midwest Energy News.

Almost half of Kansas City’s large, privately owned buildings are not in compliance with a municipal energy benchmarking requirement.

Kansas City’s city council adopted the Energy Empowerment Ordinance in June 2015 over objections from some property managers and developers. It requires owners of large buildings to report energy and water use data to the city, which posts the information online so it can be used by tenants, investors and others.

The first year covered only large, city-owned buildings. Starting in May 2017, it applied to privately owned buildings over 100,000 square feet, and last year the threshold fell to include all buildings over 50,000 square feet.

City officials had hoped that 80 percent of buildings would comply. Instead, just over 60 percent have reported data to the city.

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