Bryan Kilgore for Zondits, May 7, 2015. Image credit: Fcb981
Portland, Oregon, recently joined twelve other U.S. cities that have commercial energy reporting policies after a unanimous vote by the Portland City Council. The new policy requires the following actions for commercial buildings greater than 20,000 square feet:
- Track energy performance with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which is available at no cost.
- Report energy use intensity, ENERGY STAR score, and carbon emissions annually to the City of Portland.
Besides providing the requirements for this new reporting policy, the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is able to track building energy trends and can assist in the application process for ENERGY STAR certification directly from the program. Not every commercial building type is included in the new policy; residential properties, nursing homes, nursing homes, places of worship, parking garages, K-12 schools, and industrial and warehouse facilities are excluded. But even with these exclusions almost 80% of Portland’s commercial square footage will be covered. Tracking commercial building energy use will provide information to assist property owners in planning and setting goals for energy improvement projects. This information will also help the City of Portland determine areas of focus for energy improvement to meet the city’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050.