BuildingRating

Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

District Of Columbia

Washington, D.C., photo by Orhan Cam
Policy Description:

The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (CAEA) was passed unanimously by the DC Council on July 15, 2008, and signed into law by District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty on Aug. 4, 2008. Among other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives, the bill required for the first time in any U.S. jurisdiction that the energy performance of commercial buildings be annually rated and disclosed to the marketplace. Roughly 75 percent of DC's greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. Additionally, energy is the largest operating cost for office buildings in downtown DC, accounting for 32 percent of operating expenses -- 10 percent more than the next highest expense -- according to data from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International. Public buildings were benchmarked beginning in 2010 and disclosed thereafter via an online database (link below). Private buildings must submit benchmarking scores every year, with the size threshold phased in over time. Annual disclosure, requiring the posting of an ENERGY STAR Statement of Performance, will occur via an online database open to the public and administered by the District of Columbia.

Enacted Date:
2008
Authority in Charge:
District Department of the Environment
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 10,000 Sq. Feet 2010-04-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 200,000 Sq. Feet 2013-03-09
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 150,000 Sq. Feet 2013-03-09
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 100,000 Sq. Feet 2013-04-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2014-04-01
Exemptions:
New buildings must only be benchmarked beginning with 1st full calendar year after receiving Certificate of occupancy; buildings that are sold must only be benchmarked beginning with 1st full calendar year after completion of transaction.
Number of Buildings Affected:
2,000
Floor Area Affected:
357,000,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Recipients:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Date Certain
Reporting Frequency:
Annually

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
Yes
Notes:
Pepco provides aggregate whole-building data via web services. Washington Gas provides aggregate whole-building data via spreadsheet.

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
Yes
Description:
Up to $100 per day.
Number of Buildings in Compliance:
490
Area of Buildings in Compliance:
170,000,000 Sq. Feet
Compliance Rate (Based on # of Buildings):
83%
Notes:
Compliance numbers from February 2014.
Additional Program Information:
Water Use Tracking:
Yes