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.
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.
This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.