Energy and Water Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance 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.

Draft ordinance comment period The City of Columbus Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance draft is published for open comment through January 31, 2020.

A copy of the ordinance can be downloaded here: Draft Benchmarking Ordinance.

Submit comments on the Draft Benchmarking Ordinance via: Ordinance Feedback Form.

Feedback received through the open comment period will assist the City in developing a final draft of the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance to present to the City of Columbus City Council. Rules and regulations pertaining to this ordinance will be drafted after passage.

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    

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

 Advisory Group Meeting 3: Discussing Policy Design II, November 12, 2019 
     - Agenda 
     - Slide Deck     

 Advisory Group Meeting 4: Policy Design & Direction, December 10, 2019 
     - Agenda 
     - Slide Deck  

To learn more about the ordinance development process to date, download the Ordinance Development Process One-Pager.

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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