Energy Audits for Buildings

DonRoss's picture

Yesterday the Mayor announced that he had introduced legislation to audit the energy use of large buildings, and produce a rating system similar to the energy efficiency label on cars. Large buildings are some of the biggest users of energy. They also waste a tremendous amount due to inefficient design, structures, and maintenance. This proposal is based on similar success in other municipalities around the country. As part of these audits, building owners have to share the efficiency results with tenants and let them know what steps they are taking to make the buildings more efficient. All around, this is a good policy initiative.

Maria Balilo's picture

Environmental Ratings Systems for Buildings

Assessment systems for buildings based on energy efficiency is just what San Francisco needs. This can be an important first step towards creating incentivew for mass building of "green" structures which not only provide healthier work and living environments but contribute to long-term higher productivity and improved communities. 

gcotter's picture

Where's the Money?

I totally agree that we need to eliminate the energy waste in large buildings - in all buildings for that matter.

Who will pay to have this done?  This is not a trivial undertaking.  We all know about SF budget woes, so when new ideas come along we need to decide up front: where will the money to do this come from?

Yes, we can say: "Oh, we already have building inspectors who can just add this task."  But in point of fact, they don't have time or funding to do it.  Or, if they try to add this workload then 6 months or a year down the road there will be complaints that we don't have enough building inspecters and we need to hire more and then we'll need to increase the budget and never remember that tyhe energy audits were a new and unfunded responsibility.

I love the idea of energy audits, but what service should be sacrificed to pay for it?  Street maintenance?  Muni upgrades? Homeless shelters? Medical services?

San Francisco has the highest per-capita budget in the US, and this is one of the reasons:  We keep finding good ideas and adding them to our already overloaded city infrastructure.

So, go for it...just make sure you know exactly where the money will be found to pay for it.

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