Prepare for the implementation of a benchmarking and disclosure ordinance for commercial buildings.
The City will take a phased approach to reducing commercial building emissions. Successful implementation of this action will require an education campaign for the real estate and property management community in Dallas, with emphasis on commercial landlords, to explain the purpose and benefits of benchmarking and the process of reporting results. The City can also leverage informational resources from similar programs in other cities, including Austin. As described in Action B8, implementation of this program will begin with a voluntary pilot program through the Better Building Challenge focused on the Central Business District. Participant and stakeholder feedback will help design the specifics of a citywide benchmarking and disclosure ordinance.
Following the initial information campaign and pilot test through the Better Buildings Challenge, Step 1 of this action will include adopting a commercial benchmarking and disclosure ordinance to establish a baseline understanding of buildings’ energy efficiency relative to buildings of similar type and size. The City will define building size thresholds for participation that can be reduced over time to phase in implementation of this program. Initial implementation will begin with large commercial buildings to minimize impacts on small businesses.
Over time, the program can be modified to increase requirements. Step 2 will include developing a commercial building energy performance ordinance that requires energy audits or retro-commissioning for buildings. This will help to identify specific cost-effective improvements that building managers can take to reduce operational costs. Step 3 could include establishing energy use or emissions targets.