Earlier this month New York City posted 2011 energy use data for more than 2,000 large, privately owned buildings, making it the first major city in the world to release this kind of information. The energy use is posted in a sortable and searchable Excel spreadsheet, so anyone can download the file and look up the energy use data for a building of interest. The files list 3,600 properties—all those that were subject to the mandate—including some that failed to provide the required data. Those are now subject to fines by the city, charged quarterly until they comply.
Several major cities in the U.S. now mandate energy reporting and benchmarking; Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Philadelphia all have plans to release their data in the near future. All building owners in Seattle must report their numbers to the City and the City will release aggregate figures for the building stock. Seattle requires disclosure only around a transaction.
In California, Washington State, and Austin, Texas, the law only requires that energy data be made available to counter-parties in real-estate transactions. While public disclosure is not part of the plan for these transaction-based information exchanges, the data may still become publicly available over time, because it can be collected and aggregated by CoStar and other real estate data services, which currently track sale and lease prices and occupancy data.
Another place to find information on a building is the Honest Building website that allows users to find and compare information, rating and reviews for every commercial or residential building in the U.S. Search an address in one of 5,570 cities, and ratings on the building’s walkability, energy use, and LEED compliance shed light on its green performance.
As a leader in building automation, Advanced Control Corporation is delighted to hear that building energy information is being recorded and becoming available to the public. How is your building’s energy rating? If you are considering increasing your building’s efficiency, reducing your carbon footprint, and saving money, contact Advanced Control Corporation today. From lighting control and air quality control to energy management and small building solutions, Advanced Control has the knowledge, skill, and expertise to find the ideal solution for you. To learn more, call 954.491.6660 today.