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Benchmarking Gaining Acceptance

commercial-building-energy-manageThe Montgomery County, NY, legislature passed a bill this week to mandate benchmarking in some municipal buildings, according to The Leader Herald.

The law requires annual reports for buildings of 1,000 square feet or more. The system will use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, the story says for compliance. The move stems from the adoption of the New York State Climate Smart Communities Pledge last year, the story says.

There has been a lot of news on the benchmarking front recently. The Legal Intelligencer suggested the folly of attempting to reduce energy use without creating a baseline. The commentary, which was posted in November, said that 14 states and 17 cities have passed benchmarking legislation.

Yesterday, Energy Manager Today posted a story on the use of benchmarking by Maloney Properties, a real estate management firm in New England. John Magee, the firm’s assistant facilities manager, said that the benchmarking is a vital tool. The organization uses it for gas and water. Use of electricity is so fluid and ubiquitous that it is too difficult to create viable comparisons to between properties.

Chicago earlier this month released the third annual benchmarking of commercial buildings. The report shows that significant progress is being made on reducing energy use in The Windy City.

Earlier this month, the Press Herald reported that the Mill Creek, WA, shopping district, has become benchmarking. The ordinance applies to buildings of 5,000 square feet of gross floor area, including attics and basements. There are 30 buildings that fit the profile in the district, which is in a suburb of Portland.

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