10/10/2011

Building Owners Agitated about Mandatory Energy Ratings

 

Mandatory energy ratings are causing a stir around the country. Are you required to report your usage?

More and more cities are mandating that building owners fess up to their energy use, including New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

The disclosure rules vary between different regions, but typically require one of the following reports:

  • A record of the past year’s utility bills
  • An asset rating based on projected energy use
  • An operational rating established by actual performance

Supporters of the disclosure policies argue that the measure is about transparency. According to BuildingRatings.org, energy efficiency leads to higher occupancy rates, faster lease-up periods, and premium rents. By openly posting a building’s energy performance, owners can gain longer-term benefits.

“In the past, real estate markets have had poor information or no information at all related to building energy performance,” the online resource states. “Conveying actionable energy performance data to the market empowers consumers to compare the energy efficiency of buildings and incorporate building energy performance into leasing and purchasing decisions.”

Despite these benefits, deep objections are being voiced by concerned building owners. Some feel the ratings are intended to shame owners into upgrades, putting a negative spin on green improvements.

Others are concerned that the rules don’t take into account the complexity of energy data, overlooking the cost of procuring such information. Particularly for a building that doesn’t have energy monitoring in place, the ratings now represent a budgetary dilemma.

Which side of the fence are you on – are mandatory energy ratings the way of the future or a hindrance in the present? Email your thoughts to assistant editor Jennie Morton at jennie.morton@buildings.com.

 

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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