3.3.6 Requiring Energy Audits and Benchmarking

LPDD Recommendation: “Congress should consider requiring an energy audit upon the sale or rental of existing homes and commercial properties, and states should require such an audit if the federal government fails to do so.”

New York’s S03585

Requires gas and electric utilities to make available to landlords or lessors, upon request of prospective tenants or lessees, information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential rental premises.

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.