A free introductory forum on the Montgomery County building energy benchmarking law will be held for building owners (and tenants) who want to learn about the bill and the resources available to support benchmarking.
The event will offer an overview of the bill by the Department of Environmental Protection and feature speakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Pepco, two organizations offering resources to help building owners benchmark. The event will host a panel of local building owners who will share their experiences benchmarking their buildings.
Benchmarking Introductory Forum
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Scott Fitzgerald Theater
603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD
Register for this free event!
The event is hosted by the Montgomery County Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region in partnership with the City of Rockville, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Benchmarking means measuring a building’s energy use and then comparing it to the average for similar buildings. It allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s relative energy performance, and helps identify opportunities to cut energy waste. A recent analysis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that buildings that are benchmarked save on average 7% in energy over three years. (More information here)
The benchmarking bill was introduced January 2014 and adopted May 2014. The bill requires that certain county and private non-residential buildings, 50,000 square feet and greater, report and disclose energy use.
For more information about the bill, including legislative history, a clean version of the adopted bill, and details on Tenant Data, Data Verification, and Reporting, visit the DEP benchmarking page.
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