Washington D.C. Regulations

Regulatory Update

The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 required ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking of the energy and water performance of public buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. and privately-owned commercial and multifamily residential buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. Results of those benchmarks must be reported annually to the D.C. Department of the Environment for public disclosure.

The Sustainable DC Act of 2014 also mandated that both electric and gas utilities provide aggregated whole-building data upon request to a building owner, and make that data available as a download and through automated upload to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The Capitol was the first jurisdiction in the nation to put such a requirement into law.

District lawmakers also voted recently to ban polystyrene foam containers, on the heels of a 2010 law imposing a 5-cent fee on plastic bag distribution.


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