GREATER BOSTON REAL ESTATE BOARD

Delay to Boston Energy Mandate Approved by Council, Sent To Mayor Walsh for Consideration

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 approved 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.

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