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Portland Now Requires Energy Performance Reporting for Commercial Buildings

7 May 2015 | Posted By John Jennings 1,807 views No Comment

On Earth Day, April 22nd, the Portland City Council passed a new ordinance that requires owners of commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track energy use and report it on an annual basis. Portland becomes the 13th city in the US to do so. It is estimated that the policy will cover nearly 1,000 buildings representing 80 percent of the commercial floor area in Portland. The first round of energy performance reports will be due in April 2016. Now is the time to start tracking those utility bills.

Details from the City Office of Planning and Sustainability:

To reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, Portland City Council passed a new policy on April 22, 2015 that will require commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to incorporate the following practices:

  1. Track energy performance using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  2. Calculate an Energy Use Intensity (energy use per square foot), ENERGY STAR score, and carbon emissions.
  3. Report this information to the City of Portland on an annual basis.

Commercial Building Energy Performance Reporting Ordinance

Upcoming Helpful Training:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Online Training for Commercial Building Managers: ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager 101

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Online Training for Commercial Building Managers: ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager 201

Questions? Contact Vinh Mason, Green Building Policy Coordinator, 503-823-3246 or vinh.mason@portlandoregon.gov

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