District of Columbia Publishes Final Regulations for Benchmarking Energy and Water Usage in Large Buildings

The District of Columbia published final regulations to implement a new requirement that all large private buildings benchmark their energy and water performance annually.  The final regulations, published in the DC Register, Volume 60, Issue 3, require owners or property managers to evaluate the energy and water efficiency of their buildings, a critical first step toward saving energy, water, and money.  According to the District Department of the Environment release, the District also released the energy benchmarking results for more than 200 of the District government facilities, managed by the Department of General Services, with new or updated results for fiscal years 2009 through 2012. Among other findings, the results reveal that 11 DC public schools may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification because of their energy efficiency efforts. The full report can be found on www.ddoe.dc.gov.