Benchmarking - Philadelphia, PA



Law

Bill Number 120428-A

Implementation & Deadline

Implementation: 2012

Annual Reporting Deadline: June 30

Rating Tool

Portfolio Manager, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Disclosure

Buyers, Lessees, Public website, Government

Building Types & Sizes

Any commercial building with indoor floor space of 50,000 square feet or more.

All commercial portions of any mixed-use building where a total of at least 50,000 square feet of indoor floor space is devoted to any commercial use.

Penalties

Violations shall be subject to a fine of $300 for failure to comply during the first 30 days. Each day that the failure to comply persists following the initial 30 days shall constitute a separate violation, subject to a fine of $100 per day.

Exemptions

Benchmarking shall not be required for a Covered Building where any of the following apply.

- In any calendar year, benchmarking shall not be required for that year where more than 50% of the indoor floor space is unoccupied for more than 180 days in total.

- The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability finds, upon application by an owner, that benchmarking or disclosure would cause exceptional hardship or would not be in the public interest. An exemption under this subsection shall be for such period as the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability establishes based on the evidence presented by the owner.

- Buildings primarily used for manufacturing or other industrial purposes for which benchmarking results would not meaningfully reflect building energy use characteristics due to the intensive use of process energy. “Process energy” refers to energy used in the actual manufacturing, production, or processing of a good, commodity, or other material.

Additional Information

http://www.phillybuildingbenchmarking.com/index.php/compliance

http://www.buildingrating.org/content/policy-brief-philadelphia

ECO Zero Auditing Partners

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