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San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Shows Major Reduction In Energy Use

Energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2011 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, according to a new report released today from the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint). The report is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report shows a 7.9-percent reduction in energy use across a cohort of 176 properties consistently tracked since 2010. A review of a broader group of 817 buildings found that the implementation of energy reduction measures could save tens of millions of dollars in costs over the lifetime of the projects, adding significantly to the properties’ value.

The San Francisco report bolsters a larger effort being conducted by Greenprint to work with jurisdictions throughout the U.S., including cities, counties and states seeking to cut building energy use and emissions; and it suggests that significant economic and environmental benefits can be realized through broad adoption measures similar to San Francisco’s program. The report points out that the collaborative effort between the city and Greenprint is a good model for other cities to follow, because it shows the positive results achieved through a combination of voluntary private-sector efforts and public-sector regulatory efforts to minimize the environmental impact of the real estate sector.

>>Read the full article in the online ULI Urbanland magazine

>>Download the report here. 

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