Los Angeles Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance (EBEWE)

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As part of LA’s sustainable city plan, the city is aiming to reduce energy consumption thirty percent by the year 2035. In December 2016, the City Council unanimously voted to pass the existing building energy and water efficiency ordinance. The ordinance impacts all of the LADWP’s territory, and requires commercial, government, and multi-family building owners to benchmark energy and water consumption within their buildings. The Energy Star bench-marking data is to be submitted as early as July 2017. The following implementation schedule will be followed: July 1st, 2017 for buildings over a hundred thousand square feet. April 1st, 2018 for buildings 50,000 to 100,000 square feet. April 1st, 2019 for building’s 20,000 to 50,000 square feet. The Energy Star bench-marking reports will be made available to the public, and will be updated on an annual basis. In addition, starting as early as 2019, a detailed energy and water audit shall be completed with the findings submitted to the city. This report will be due every five years. The due date for the energy audit report is dictated by the last digit of the property assessors information number, or AIN. Some exemptions to the ordinance do exist. Contact Healthy Buildings to learn more, and see how to best navigate this new regulation.

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