Energy and Water Benchmarking and Transparency Policy Development


What we’re doing The City of Columbus is adopting an energy and water building performance ordinance that will require large building owners to track and report whole-building energy and water use to the City and market annually.

Why it’s important Columbus is committed to reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Ensuring that buildings in Columbus – which account for 58% of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions – are as energy and water efficient as possible is a critical step in our efforts ensure that Columbus remains an healthy and vibrant community.

Benchmarking is an easy way for buildings to measure and manage their energy and water use and focuses on creating information that will enable better decision-making around building energy use.

Building Performance Advisory Group The City is convening an advisory group to meet throughout 2019 to help develop the benchmarking and transparency ordinance. The meeting schedule and all related materials will be uploaded below as subsequent meetings are held. 

Advisory Group Meeting 1: Setting the Context, September 5, 2019
     - Agenda 
     - Slide Deck     
     - Meeting Minutes 

Advisory Group Meeting 2: Discussing Policy Design I, October 10, 2019 
     - Agenda 
     - Slide Deck     
     - Meeting Minutes 

Want to learn more? Benchmarking factsheets:
     - Commercial office buildings 
     - Multifamily housing buildings 
     - Industrial buildings & warehouses 

Ready to get started benchmarking? 
Create a free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account
Enroll in automated benchmarking offered by AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas.

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