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Delay to Boston Energy Mandate Approved, No Fines For 1st Year

On Wednesday May 14th, 2014, the Boston City Council voted to delay implementation by 120 days of Boston’s Energy Scoring Ordinance (BERDO), originally set to take effect on  May 15, 2014. Under the compromise reached with Mayor Walsh, owners also will not be subject to enforcement and penalties during the first year of implementation for any noncompliance with the ordinance, including non-reporting. This delay also provides residential owners the identical relief in 2015, the first year they are required to report.

In 2013, the City of Boston approved the new BERDO mandate requiring owners with commercial buildings over 35,000 gross square feet or residential buildings of 35 units to report and publicly disclose energy and water use. The law which captures commercial buildings, condominiums, and apartments is being phased in over three years starting this year with the first reporting deadline for commercial buildings, now set for September 15, 2014. Buildings could ultimately
face fines up to $200 a day for non-compliance once the enforcement delay expires.

Mayor Walsh’s office encourages those with questions on how to comply with this new ordinance to call (617) 635-3850 or send an email to energyreporting@boston.gov.

Brian Swett, the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment and Energy Services has also urged us to inform our members to reach out to him directly at
brian.swett@boston.gov with any questions, concerns or issues.