Boston enacted an ordinance requiring buildings to evaluate and publicly disclose their energy use. Reporting requirements for multifamily buildings follow a graduated timeline, beginning with 50-plus unit buildings in 2015. Energy rating requirements for buildings are increasingly popular, and similar energy benchmarking mandates have been approved or considered by other cities, including New York and Washington, D.C.
At the federal level, the Senate is considering an amendment to bipartisan energy efficiency legislation (S. 761) that would explore the use of building energy labels. As originally drafted, the amendment would provide grants to state and local jurisdictions to implement energy disclosure programs.
NMHC/NAA have cautioned against building rating systems that would grade buildings on their energy efficiency, since the accuracy of these labels is not yet proven in the apartment sector. Instead, NMHC/NAA continue to advocate for the expansion of well-known and voluntary energy management tools, such as the federal Energy Star program, to apartment properties.