Philly's new energy benchmarking law: a building's scarlet letter?

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Philadelphia is the latest big city to enact an energy benchmarking law to encourage conservation. Modeled after initiatives in New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia law scheduled to take effect a year from now requires commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to report energy and water consumption to city government. Based on the data, buildings will receive a green score, which will be publicly available online.

 

In hearings on the measure earlier this month, the Building Owners' and Managers' Association of Philadelphia (BOMA) called the proposal "well intentioned," according to a report in The Inquirer. But the group objected to public disclosure of the scores.