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February 19, 2013
City of Seattle energy reporting mandate now includes buildings 20,000 square feet in size and greater. Reporting required by April 1, 2013
Recently, the City of Seattle’s Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program expanded to include nonresidential and multifamily buildings that are 20,000 square feet or greater, excluding parking. Previously, the reporting requirement applied only to nonresidential and multifamily buildings that are 50,000 square feet or greater. Industrial properties are exempt from the reporting requirements.
 
Reporting Timeline
Owners of nonresidential and multifamily buildings 50,000 square feet or greater were first required to report usage energy last year. Owners of nonresidential and multifamily buildings 20,000 to 49,999 square feet in size and 50,000 or greater in size are all required to report 2012 energy usage information to the City by April 1, 2013. These reporting requirements will continue to apply in future years.

Fines for Noncompliance
Failure to report may result in fines of up to $4,000, depending on building size. Failure to provide accurate information may result in a $150 fine for the first violation and $500 fine for the second and any subsequent violation.

Additional Information from the City
 To comply with the reporting requirements, building owners must establish an online portfolio manager with the City. The City’s online system will allow automated energy use reporting to the City from utility providers such as Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, and Seattle Steam. The City has scheduled free public workshops on 2/20, 2/26, 3/7, and 3/13 to review the new reporting requirements . Click here to register with the City for a workshop, or to learn more about this program from the City’s Energy Reporting webpage.

Contact Us
For more information on the City’s Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program, please contact Jeremy Eckert (eckej@foster.com | 206.447.6284) or Nathan Luce (lucen@foster.com | 206.447.7264).