If you are unsure about the new energy laws, whether your building is compliant, or have questions about benchmarking requirements and energy consumption in properties, please contact us.
Montgomery County Summary:
In May 2014, the Montgomery County adopted a Building Benchmarking Law ( PDF, 580 KB) and amended the original legislation by Bill 35-15 Environmental Sustainability – Benchmarking – Amendments in November 2015, which requires the County and building owners to:
Benchmark the energy use of their nonresidential buildings 50,000 square feet and greater in the county in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager,
Have those data verified by a Recognized Data Verifier the first year and every three years thereafter, and
Report data to the County annually for public disclosure.
The County has led by example by benchmarking its buildings first by June 2015. The first deadline for private buildings is June 2016. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for the implementation of this law.
All commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 gross square feet are required to report benchmarking data to the District on a yearly basis. Check your building plans or blueprints and the DOEE’s Covered Building List to determine the square footage of your building.