Energy & Water Benchmarking Ordinance
***The City will postpone the 2021 reporting date until further notice. Please contact the Sustainability Office with questions.
The Energy & Water Use Performance Benchmarking Ordinance was approved by City Council in January, 2017. The Benchmarking Ordinance will be a significant step towards incorporating sustainable development into the growth of Mill Creek.
The building sector accounts for roughly 40% of all energy consumption in the United States and nearly 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in the country. The invisible nature of energy use and emissions make it difficult to identify opportunities for improvement.
By requiring property owners to collect and report annual energy and water use, the Benchmarking Ordinance will help to make the invisible visible and:
Find Cost Savings: Energy use performance will provide insight into building efficiency, helping property owners make informed decisions about building policies and upgrades, and identifying opportunity for savings.
Transform the Market: Disclosure of energy use information into the market will enable property owners, potential buyers, tenants, realtors, and others to make decisions that create a value for energy performance.
Inform Initiatives: Energy use data will inform City initiatives and programs developed in the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.