Agenda Item 7A
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 35-15, Environmental Sustainability - Benchmarking - Amendments
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
enact Bill 35-15 with a technical amendment to the definition of covered building.
Bill 35-15, Environmental Sustainability - Benchmarking - Amendments, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on September
15. A public hearing was held on October 6 at which a representative of the Executive supported
the bill (see ©28). A Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
worksession was held on November 2.
Bill 35-15 would add an intent section to the Building Energy Use Benchmarking law, amend
certain definitions, provide for alternative paths to verification, and change the private sector
building group deadlines from December 1, 2016 to June 1,2016 for Group 1 buildings (buildings
greater than 250,000 square feet) and from December 1,2017 to June 1,2017 for Group 2 buildings
(buildings between 50,000 and 250,000 square feet). Bill 35-15 is the result of a report issued by
the Benchmarking Work Group - a group made of a broad set of stakeholders charged with
reviewing the Building Energy Use Benchmarking law and make recommendations regarding the
Issue/Committee Recommendation - Data Verification
The benchmarking law requires the owner of a covered building to assure that the
reported benchmarking information for that year is verified by a licensed professional before the
first benchmarking deadline and each third deadline afterwards. Current law also includes a waiver
process if the owner shows that compliance will cause undue fmancial hardship, but would be
required to use a no-cost or low-cost verification option if available.