SF Mayor signs law mandating energy audits
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee on Friday signed into law an ordinance requiring commercial building owners to annually file an energy benchmark report and to conduct more extensive energy audits every five years.
Supporters of the ordinance say the ordinance should drive reductions in energy use at buildings in the city. Nationally, built structures, including residential and commercial buildings, account for about 70 percent of electricity use in the United States.
The new city law phases in buildings according to size. In 2011, building owners with properties greater than 50,000 square feet must conduct audits. By 2013, owners of buildings 10,000 square feet and larger must conduct audits.
Building owners and managers can complete the annual benchmarking report using a free online tool.
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