Mandatory Energy Benchmarking Coming Into Vogue

Law360, New York (February 4, 2010, 3:43 PM EST) -- As climate change legislation takes center stage, benchmarking is gaining traction among lawmakers, environmentalists and landlords as a viable first step toward systematically reducing energy use in buildings.

Benchmarking — in which the energy consumption of a building is measured against the average energy consumption of comparable buildings to produce a rating that can then be viewed by other parties — is now mandatory in a handful of U.S. jurisdictions, and voluntary efforts are also being ramped up, according to experts.

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