T&E ITEM 1
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
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.
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 the 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
This Bill is designed to work with the recently enacted PACE program to create market
based incentives for building owners to increase the efficiency of their buildings. Information
provided would aid tenants in forecasting future utility costs.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package (see ©20).
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©24).
The Council heard testimony and received correspondence from several people raising a
variety of concerns. These include:
• Calvert Investments, Boland Trane Services, and the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association supported Bill 2-14.