A new Department of Energy Resources (DOER) white paper, "An MPG Rating for Commercial Buildings: Establishing a Building Energy Asset Labeling Program in Massachusetts," lays out a series of concepts and preliminary recommendations associated with the development of a commercial building energy asset rating and labeling program.

This proposal equates building labeling with the familiar car performance rating of miles per gallon (MPG), and continues Massachusetts' exploration of innovative and cost-effective solutions that reduce buildings' energy use, costs, and associated greenhouse gas emissions. It is designed to provide clear and actionable energy information about a building's potential energy performance, increase the value of good energy performance in the marketplace, and lead ultimately to greater uptake of efficiency investments.

Letter from DOER Commissioner, Phil Giudice pdf format of    Asset_Rating_Report_Outreach_Letter.pdf

"An MPG Rating for Commercial Buildings: Establishing a Building Energy Asset Labeling Program in Massachusetts" pdf format of    Asset_Rating_White_Paper.pdf  file size 1MB

Commercial Asset Rating White Paper Slides (from public meeting and webinar) pdf format of    Commercial_Asset_Rating_White_Paper_PRESENTATIONl_

Public Comment Information

DOER solicited public comments on this document until February 14, 2011. Comments were also accepted at a public meeting, held on January 18 th and during a webinar, held on January 20 th, but only written comments are being posted.

After reviewing all comments and amending the strategy as appropriate, DOER expects to move forward with the development of a commercial building labeling pilot program, in collaboration with a number of stakeholders.

Below, are the public comments DOER received (in alphabetical order):

ABC A Better City pdf format of    ABC A Better City.pdf

AGA Source Energy Oct 2009 pdf format of    AGA Source Energy Oct 2009.pdf

ASHRAE pdf format of    ASHRAE.pdf

Autodesk pdf format of    Autodesk.pdf

Bright Power pdf format of    Bright Power.pdf

Buonicore Partners pdf format of    Buonicore Partners.pdf

Charlie Kalasinsky pdf format of    Charlie Kalasinsky.pdf

City of Boston pdf format of    City of Boston.pdf

City of Cambridge pdf format of    City of Cambridge.pdf

COMNET pdf format of    COMNET.pdf

David Shakespeare pdf format of    David Shakespeare.pdf

Edison Electric Institute pdf format of    Edison Electric Institute.pdf

Complementary material to the Edison Electric Comment:

  1. Bruce Swiecicki of NPGA (Proposal to IgCC) pdf format of    Swiecicki of NPGA_Proposal to IgCC Energy WG - 603

  2. Building America Research Benchmark Definition (NREL) pdf format of    NREL Bldg America Benchmark Jan 2010.pdf  file size 1MB

  3. EPA Site Source for Benchmark pdf format of    EPA site_source for Benchmark Dec 2007.pdf

  4. AGA Source Energy Oct 2009 pdf format of    AGA Source Energy Oct 2009.pdf

EPA pdf format of    EPA.pdf

GBREB pdf format of    GBREB.pdf

IMT-NRDC-USGBC pdf format of    IMT-NRDC-USGBC.pdf

Jim Green pdf format of    Jim Green.pdf

Karpman Consulting pdf format of    Karpman Consulting.pdf

Life Energy Associates pdf format of    Life Energy Associates.pdf

MASCO pdf format of    MASCO.pdf  file size 1MB

NAIOP pdf format of    NAIOP.pdf

NEEP pdf format of    NEEP.pdf

New Building Institute pdf format of    New Building Institute.pdf

Nexamp pdf format of    Nexamp.pdf

Peter Papesch pdf format of    Peter Papesch.pdf

Southern California Edison pdf format of    Southern California Edison.pdf

The Weidt Group pdf format of    The Weidt Group.pdf

This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.