Seattle's Energy Disclosure Ordinance
Seattle's Energy Disclosure Ordinance for Commercial Buildings requires large building and multi-family building owners (greater than 5 units) to report building characteristics and energy use on the EPA's Portfolio Manager tracking tool. This ordinance has potential to be a valuable tool in increasing the visibility of energy use and efficiency for the owners themselves as well as buyers and tenants. Emerald Cities Seattle is exploring opportunities to strengthen the ordinance in the future by making the measures more relevant to the multi-family building sector. EC Seattle is also looking into publicizing the scores of large commercial buildings, to celebrate the energy efficient buildings and call attention to less efficient ones.