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Energy Benchmarking to Expand as Cost-Cutting Measure for Cities

Energy Benchmarking

NEW ORLEANS – Energy benchmarking for buildings will expand over the next year as more cities look for more ways to cut costs and go green, according to expert presenters at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held recently. Alison Berry,Manager of State and Local Government Affairs for NAA, was in attendance along with sustainability and energy efficiency experts to discuss the latest policies and technologies.

Presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this year’s agenda included an expanded focus on building efficiency programs, including commercial and multifamily. City government representatives and development companies presented sustainability plans to achieve efficiency goals.

A new session was added to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of green building codes, such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and ICC 700/NGBS, versus building rating systems such as USBGC’s LEED. Multiple sessions were dedicated to issues of building utility and performance data, where many property managers and even some policymakers voiced concerns about access and privacy – both major hurdles to rental property owners in cities with mandatory benchmarking.

In addition, NAA Operations Task Force Chair Mike Beirne, along with Director of State and Local Government Affairs for NAA, Fred Tayco and Berry, recently attended a meeting to discuss similar issues of data availability and privacy as they relate to the energy efficiency wants and needs of multifamily owners. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association for all investor-owned electric utilities, invited NAA to participate in a workshop where utilities engaged with multi-state customers on potential partnerships and solutions. NAA staff will be developing tactics to provide guidance for property owners interested in taking advantage of existing programs, rebates and possible financing to increase their building efficiency.

Source: National Apartment Association