Boston Releases New Website for Energy Metrics and Analysis

The City of Boston’s Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) was enacted in 2013 and as of 2015, requires buildings greater than 50,000 square feet to report energy and water use.  Today they released their first report on energy metrics and analysis covering 2013 data received from municipal, commercial and institutional buildings.  Check it out at http://berdo.greenovateboston.org.

In this compliance cycle, the BERDO had more than 1,300 buildings report representing over 30% of Boston’s built space.  Boston shared that key findings from that data include:

  • In the first year, 84 percent of the floor area required to report complied with the ordinance.
  • The properties that reported in 2014 represent approximately 31 percent of all the energy used by buildings in Boston.
  • Buildings of the same type can vary greatly in energy use intensity. Among Boston’s large office buildings, for example, the most energy-intensive buildings reported using over ten times more energy per square foot than the least energy-intensive buildings.
  • On average, older buildings perform well. Office buildings built before 1950 used significantly less energy per square foot on average than those built after 1950.

Boston is one of fourteen cities, like Kansas City Missouri, nationally with a policy for transparency on building energy performance.  Kansas City’s program staff is reviewing Boston’s findings, especially their ‘Observations on Implementation’ and will be following up with Boston’s program staff.

In the meantime, I highly recommend you visit http://berdo.greenovateboston.org and use the ‘View the Map’ tool to check out your favorite Boston landmarks.

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