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File #: 0452-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/10/2020 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 3/16/2020 Final action: 3/19/2020
Title: To enact a new Chapter in the Columbus Building Code, Title 41, entitled Chapter 4117, “Energy Benchmarking,” containing new requirements to establish an energy and water benchmarking, reporting, and transparency requirement for certain buildings within its jurisdiction.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Emmanuel V. Remy
Explanation

BACKGROUND:

As our climate and city continue to change, Columbus can expect increased temperatures and population growth over the next several decades. The City of Columbus is committed to taking steps to mitigate and adapt our community’s changing climate to ensure a healthy and prosperous community for all our residents now and in the future. Since 2005, the City has been working to combat these changes by reducing municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions through environmental policies.

The purpose of this ordinance is to establish an energy and water benchmarking, reporting, and transparency requirement for certain buildings within its jurisdiction. With this ordinance, the City of Columbus and local property owners can drive energy and water efficiency in our building stock, save money for businesses and residents, and foster a cleaner and healthier environment.

A public hearing was held before the Columbus Building Commission on January 21, 2020, whereupon they voted to recommend this proposed code change be forwarded to Columbus City Council for adoption.

FISCAL IMPACT: None

Title

To enact a new Chapter in the Columbus Building Code, Title 41, entitled Chapter 4117, “Energy Benchmarking,” containing new requirements to establish an energy and water benchmarking, reporting, and transparency requirement for certain buildings within its jurisdiction.

Body

WHEREAS, the City intends to raise awareness of energy and water performance through data information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities and health benefits for businesses and residents; and

WHEREAS, improvements to energy efficiency will spur economic investment through reduced operating costs, increased asset values, and improved worker productivity; and

WHEREAS, energy efficient buildings will consume less power, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and improved air quality; and

WHEREAS, reduced energy costs ...

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