The Los Angeles Department of Building Safety (LADBS) has released a draft ordinance that updates the Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Program to outline a compliance schedule for energy and water consumption benchmarking for privately owned buildings from as small as 20,000 sq. ft., including commercial, multi-family and even industrial. The ordinance also requires buildings to be audited every 5 years.
Schedule of Energy Disclosure Required (per Section 91.9708.1):
For a privately owned building or a building owned by a local agency of the State
For all Commercial, Multi-Family and Industrial Buildings:
|Gross Floor Area||Compliance Date||How Often|
|100,000||July 1, 2017||Annually|
|50,000||April 1, 2018||Annually|
|20,000||April 1, 2019||Annually|
These requirements will apply to all buildings, including existing buildings, that are either:
- Owned by the City of Los Angeles and are 7,500 square feet or more;
- EXCEPTION: Buildings owned by the City that are less than 15,000 square feet are not subject to the requirements of Section 91.9706.
- Privately owned and are 20,000 square feet or more; or
- Owned by a local agency of the state that is required to comply with the City’s building ordinances pursuant to Government Code Section 53090, et seq., or successor legislation, and are 20,000 square feet or more.
EXCEPTION: This division shall not apply to one- and two-family dwellings and related accessory structures; residential hotels as defined by the California Health and Safety Code Section 50519; broadcast antennas; vehicle charging stations; utility pumping stations; treatment facilities; sound stages; structures primarily used for the production and post-production of motion pictures and television, and similar uses; and other buildings not meeting the purpose of this division, as determined by the Department of Building and Safety.
The ordinance will be heard in an upcoming City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management committee meeting, and while we expect this draft ordinance to be signed off, there is always a chance that the ordinance may change before the occurrence of the deadline that impacts to your building(s).
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Contact Green EconoME, an Energy Consulting and Construction firm, specializes in benchmarking and energy efficiency. We can handle your benchmarking needs, as well as answer any questions regarding this ordinance and how it may impact your building(s).