06 Jul '12, 5pm

What Is Step One of Commercial Energy Efficiency?: Philadelphia recently joined a growing list of states and c...

What Is Step One of Commercial Energy Efficiency?: Philadelphia recently joined a growing list of states and c...

Philadelphia recently joined a growing list of states and cities to mandate energy benchmarking and disclosure for commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet. The requirement may sound like just one more piece of compliance, but it is far more than that, according to a white paper from the Carbon War Room. The simple act of benchmarking can result in 5 percent energy savings in buildings, without any investment in retrofits. “Benchmarking buildings' energy use is the first, crucial step toward reducing it. Lower energy use means lower bills and reduced carbon emissions, so it's a win for businesses, consumers, and the environment,” Cliff Majersik, executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation, said about Philadelphia in a statement. It’s not just governments that are requiring benchmarking, which usually has to be reported in the form of a U.S. Environmen...

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