City of Burlington Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance

By EANVT  |  November 13, 2017  |  2017EANConvening,Pitches

Pitch Summary:

The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) seeks to re-invigorate efforts to advance
legislation that would require energy benchmarking and disclosure for commercial,
institutional and multi-family buildings in the City of Burlington. Benchmarking is a
measure of a building’s energy efficiency, like a miles-per gallon scale for buildings. It
lets building owners and tenants know whether their building is a guzzler or an efficient,
green building. Disclosure requires the annual, public reporting of building energy use
and intensity. Just as auto consumers expect this information, prospective building
owners or tenants should have it too. Burlington has a large stock of inefficient
buildings that need to be upgraded for optimal use and to address climate change. It is
important for Burlington to require benchmarking and disclosure because it has been
proven to leverage the market to invest in building energy efficiency. More efficient
buildings can then meet a greater percentage of their load through renewable energy.
This work would build on VGBN’s current work as the lead organization for the City of
Burlington 2030 District and our previous work on a benchmarking ordinance for
Burlington.

Submitted by: Jennifer Chiodo, PE, L:EED AP – Managing Principal, Cx Associates; Board Chari, Vermont Green Building Network

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