Delay to Boston Energy Mandate
Approved by Council, Sent To Mayor Walsh for
On Wednesday April 30th
the Boston City Council voted overwhelmingly to delay
implementation of the energy mandate in Boston for one
year. The lone dissenting vote was Councilor Matt
O’Malley (D-Jamaica Plain). The bill will now be sent to
Mayor Walsh for his consideration.
In 2013 the City of Boston
a new mandate requiring owners with buildings over
35,000 gross square feet or 35 units to report and
publicly disclose energy and water use. The law which
captures condominiums, apartments and commercial
buildings is being phased in over three years starting
this year with first reporting deadline for
commercial buildings May 15, 2014. Buildings could
face fines up to $200 a day for non-compliance.
The 2013 law, introduced by
Mayor Menino was part of his
environmental blueprint. It was the first step in a
plan that also called for labeling homes and requiring
buildings to meet energy efficiency standards before
they can be sold.
GBREB supports delaying the
implementation of the new law in Boston to give owners
more time to understand the new law and comply.
Other organizations who also
testified in support of the delay were CAI, NAIOP, ICSC
and the New Market Business Association.
Click here to see a copy of the committee report.