April 17, 2012
The California Energy Commission proposes to adopt regulations to implement California law requiring that nonresidential building owners benchmark and disclose energy consumption data and ratings, if any, for their buildings in advance of major financial transactions – the sale, leasing, or financing of the entire building. The proposed regulations are open for public comment through May 9.
The regulations would require utilities to release all of a building’s energy use date, including tenant energy use data, into a building owner’s U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Account to implement the benchmarking and rating of the building. The building owner would then access that information to satisfy the disclosure requirements.