By Tyler Falk
Posting in Cities
A new city ordinance will increase efficiency in commercial buildings and hold them accountable to the public for their energy use.
The Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance was signed by San Francisco's mayor, Edwin Lee, last Friday, and will require that existing commercial buildings make their energy-usage reports available to the public annually. The new city code also requires that buildings over 10,000 square feet complete an energy efficiency audit every five years.
“San Francisco needs to increase the energy and resource efficiency of existing buildings if we are going to meet our aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets,” Mayor Lee said in a statement. “This new green building code will educate building owners about what they need to do to save energy and money, and boost our local green economy.”
The city's climate action plan -- adopted in 2002 -- aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
The city's new code falls in line with President Barack Obama's Better Buildings Initiative, which the president announced earlier this month. Last year commercial buildings used about 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. The president, though, plans to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade.
San Francisco, at least, is off to a good start.
Feb 21, 2011
For assuring the consumption of energy efficiently by the non residential building it is good that the law has come forward. http://www.findlawyersonline.net/
That is why I love when all this stuff comes out of California. Most of the state is inhospitable. Artificial means of cooling the homes and bringing in water are the only reason there is such a large population there. Pull the plug on the out of state water and power subsidies and they would be running for the exits. Their whole way of life is artificial and by their own definitions, unsustainable.
...for most people, being "green" mainly means sacrifices to be made by other people. That was my point above. They're happy to make the law only apply to greedy corporations, but not directly to themselves.
If they mandated certain items on new residential construction, like solar hot water and solar powered external lighting, the cumulative impact would be huge. Looking at what has become standard in new houses over the past decade, even through the recession, I say we should make them sacrifice the granite counter tops and Italian tile floors for some solar panels in their next new house. The final price tag would be the same.
...that "residents" vote. The last thing San Francisco's residents need is something that makes their housing even more expensive.
Why... ...just "non-residential"? Because residential have their own standards. eg Energy Code which is adopted by many jurisdictions. Commercial buildings have tended to be much less overseen and regulated as far as energy standards are concerned.
Is anything being done about new commercial buildings or renovations? They should be made to produce less greenhouse gas emissions to start with. Hopefully the presidents tax credits will help companies looking to remodel or build to use a green commercial construction company.