AGENDA ITEM SA
April 22, 2014
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Bi1l2-14, Environmental Sustainability - Buildings
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
enact Bill 2-14 with amendments to:
• delete the energy audit and retro-commissioning requirements;
• apply benchmarking only to nonresidential buildings;
• adjust the reporting timeframe so that benchmarking is required for County buildings
beginning in June 2015, Group 1 covered buildings in December 2016, and Group 2
covered buildings in December 2017;
• create a Benchmarking Work Group to review the implementation of the law as it is
applied to County buildings and submit a report in September 2015 with any
recommendations regarding how benchmarking should be implemented for privately
owned buildings, including any recommended amendments to County law.
• change the implementing department to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Councilmember Floreen did not support Bill 2-14 or the Committee amendments.
Bill 2-14, Environmental Sustainability - Buildings - Benchmarking, sponsored by
Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, Riemer, Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014.
A public hearing was held by the Committee on February 11 and a Transportation, Infrastructure,
Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on March 24.
As introduced, Bill 2-14 would require the owners of certain buildings to benchmark the energy
use of certain buildings and retro-commission certain building systems to improve their energy
efficiency. Modeled after laws in New York, Chicago, and
District of Columbia, Bill 2-14 would
require building owners to measure the energy efficiency of their buildings, make that information
public, and periodically commit to assuring that their energy efficiency equipment is working properly.
A chart comparing select jurisdictions that have benchmarking laws is on ©87.