Building energy disclosures
Reporting on building energy performance allows governments to understand the current energy efficiency status of the existing building stock. This sets a baseline for measuring progress and reveals opportunities and priorities.
Adopt an ordinance to require buildings, based on characteristics such as size and use, to report annual energy and water use. Governments can make this information publicly-available.
Considerations for Use
Building Management Systems (BMS) can automate collection of this data at the building scale and require minimal maintenance once installed.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:MandateMandates are government regulations that require stakeholders to meet standards through building codes, ordinances, zoning policies, or other regulatory tools.
Trigger Points:No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
Intervention Types:Buildings and Built Form
Sectors:Buildings, Public Works
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Energy use by area, building, and use
Intervention Scale:City, State/Province
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Medium-term (3-9 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, Property owners and managers
Capacity to Act:High
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce greenhouse gas emissions