If you have properties in Boston, note that it is the latest city to require buildings to disclose their energy use.
Boston now follows seven other cities (NYC, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Seattle) and two states (California and Washington) that have energy benchmarking laws.
Buildings owned by the city are required to comply this year. Privately owned buildings are scheduled to follow within 5 years. Read the FAQ for information and benchmarking timetable.
Leading by example, the City will annually disclose energy and water use. Click here to download data on 295 municipal facilities for the year 2012.
Note that while the law does not penalize buildings based on their energy efficiency, there are penalties for failing to report.