Recap: City of LA EBEWE Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles Existing Buildings Energy & Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance has been adopted and is taking effect, first for buildings of 100,000 SF and above. Over the next two years, it will affect all buildings over 20,000 SF. Los Angeles joins a growing number of cities that is collecting and publishing building energy and water consumption data utilizing ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, as well as requiring efficiency improvements over time if buildings aren’t ENERGY STAR certified. 

The main elements:

  • Submit Benchmarking Reports showing compliance to the Department of Building & Safety on the following schedule:
    • Buildings of at least 100,000 SF: Initial report due November 1, 2017 (this new date is being adopted)
    • Buildings >50,000 SF: Initial report due April 1, 2018
    • Buildings >20,000 SF: Initial report due April 1, 2019
    • Annual reports: Due April 1 each year.
  • Implement energy & water consumption reduction
    • Required every 5 years
    • Can be achieved through building audits and retro-commissioning, or by meeting energy and water consumption reduction targets
    • Buildings that obtain ENERGY STAR certification, don’t have central cooling systems or have been occupied less than 5 years can utilize an alternative compliance path.

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