The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) congratulates the leadership of Montgomery County, Maryland, to make commercial and municipal building energy use transparent by introducing a benchmarking and disclosure bill. Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner introduced the legislation, along with a majority of his colleagues, which would require large buildings in the county to benchmark their energy use and disclose their ENERGY STAR® score, a 1-100 percentile ranking of a building's energy performance as rated against similar building types.
NEMA Policy Director for High-Performance Buildings
Patrick Hughes testified in support of the bill at a council hearing on February 11. In his testimony, he cited the successes that other jurisdictions have had when implementing their own benchmarking and disclosure laws.
"Similar benchmarking and disclosure ordinances in New York City and San Francisco resulted in a 30% boost in business for local energy service companies," Hughes said. "By encouraging energy efficiency, this bill is helping to bolster Montgomery County's economy and the economy of the State of Maryland."
A study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that, on average, buildings that benchmark their energy usage reduce their energy consumption by 7 percent over three years. Additional studies have shown that having an ENERGY STAR-certified building increases resale value by 8-25 percent, increases rent by 2-14 percent, and increases occupancy rates by 3-11 percent.
NEMA supports benchmarking and disclosure of energy use in buildings across the country, and is working to ensure that building owners and renters have the information they need to make informed decisions about how they use energy.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the U.S. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year. Our industry is at the forefront on electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security.