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Is Your Data Ready for D.C.’s New Reporting Requirements?

PNC Place in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Gensler

You might have missed this interesting tidbit, but according to a recently released Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the District of Columbia come from buildings.

These unwelcome contributions have not gone unnoticed. The District government will soon require building owners and tenants to report relevant information regarding greenhouse gas emissions or face fines for non-compliance. These reporting requirements are designed to encourage energy efficient upgrades, lower operating costs and make energy efficiency a consideration when determining property values.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • On April 1, 2013, all privately owned buildings in the District over 100,000 sqft will be required to report energy and water usage data for 2012. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100 per day. Individual tenants who have their own utility meters are required to provide specific data to their building managers and could be held to the same penalties.

  • Information from 2012 will not be made publically available. This will give building owners and tenants a year to adapt to the process and understand reporting requirements.

  • However, the 2013 data will be available in a public database. That means energy use patterns now could affect the value of building in the future. This is expected to raise awareness of energy and water consumption of commercial buildings within the District. The data will be available for review during tenant evaluations and building acquisitions pushing the market towards building that consume less.

On the surface, this may sound a bit onerous, but here’s why DC occupants should be excited about it (I know I am!). You can't improve what you don't measure. This data presents a huge opportunity for owners, tenants and building users. Moving forward these groups will be able to:

  • Study how operational polices impact energy and water consumption.
  • Address behavior and infrastructure to lower consumption.
  • Benchmark real estate over time and against industry peers.

You may also be wondering “does this apply to me?” The answer is (probably) yes.

All privately owned buildings in the District over 100,000 sqft are required to report energy and water usage data, the requirements are more stringent in a publically owned building. Tenants that have their own meters should report their consumption numbers to their building management, if you don’t have a separate meter your consumption will roll up under your building without any action. A list of all buildings required to report can be downloaded here.

What if I’m a tenant?

If you are a tenant within a building and you have your own utility meters you should have received a request for your 2012 consumption data from your building management by February 28. If you are a building and have tenants that are individually metered the dc government has prepared documents you can use to inform them of the new process.

Can Pepco help me?

Yes! Pepco has set up a process to streamline data collection for buildings with five or more accounts. The full announcement from Pepco can be downloaded here.

Additional information provided by the District of Columbia including frequently asked questions, compliance checklist, and the data collection worksheet can be found here.

Katie Mesia helps clients incorporate sustainability measures to support their business objectives and mission. Experienced in translating sustainability aspirations into reality, she delights in helping clients confidently achieve goals they first thought were unattainable and breaking down the complex certification process into easy-to-manage steps. Contact her at katie_mesia@gensler.com.

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07.29.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Sloan

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