On Tuesday, September 22nd, nearly 50 people were in attendance during the Early Birds Press Event where Montgomery County celebrated the achievements of our Early Birds—organizations that benchmarked their building’s energy use a year ahead of the Benchmarking Law requirements. By measuring and benchmarking energy use, buildings owners have the tools to improve energy performance, make smart investments in energy efficiency upgrades, and enhance the quality of Montgomery County’s robust buildings.
See a list of all the Early Bird organizations here (PDF).
With these important actions, businesses in the County are transforming the market, encouraging efficiency, and spurring sustainable innovation. The Early Bird Benchmarkers are leading the charge on sustainable energy management, and the Department of Environmental Protection truly appreciates their efforts.
At the offices of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in Rockville, County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmember Roger Berliner and Department of Environmental Protection Director Lisa Feldt, honored these outstanding Early Bird Benchmarkers. Speakers at this event also included representatives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® Program, and local building owners who shared brief remarks about their benchmarking experiences—Grady Management, Inc. and American Real Estate Partners.
In April 2014, Montgomery County became the first county in the nation to pass a building energy benchmarking and disclosure law. Benchmarking compares one building’s energy use against a nationwide set of peer buildings. Benchmarking can help building owners improve energy performance, drive energy efficiency upgrades, and improve the quality and sustainability of Montgomery County’s robust building stock. This law also helps the County in its strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by the year 2050.
“These leaders who we recognize today are the best examples of the private sector recognizing the importance of a sustainable economy through their benchmarking efforts.” said Leggett.
Alongside the Early Birds, the event recognized the County’s Department of General Services for exceptional leadership in enhancing the County’s understanding of the benchmarking process as well as their meeting the County buildings initial reporting deadline of June 1, 2015.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division Acting Director. “ENERGY STAR partners have demonstrated that cost-effective strategies can reduce a building’s energy use by 20 percent or more, and benchmarking with EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is the first step to identifying these savings opportunities.”
“These Early Bird Benchmarkers are leading the pack in Montgomery County, illustrating that benchmarking is a simple and straightforward way to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and fuel a healthy economy,” said Lindsey Shaw, energy program manager with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.
This event was hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the new Benchmarking Law in Montgomery County, visit DEP’s Benchmarking Website.