3.2.8 Energy Use Benchmarking and Auditing

LPDD Recommendation: “Local legislative bodies should require energy use disclosures for larger commercial buildings (e.g., buildings larger than 50,000 square feet and multifamily buildings), and require benchmarking information to be made publicly available in a format that is easy to understand so that it can be readily used in rental and purchase decisions.”

Washington’s State Energy Benchmark Law

In addition to benchmarking requirements for private buildings, Washington’s State Energy Benchmark Law (2009) put in place strict requirements for public buildings, including mandatory investment-grade energy audits.