Government Shutdown Further Delays Philadelphia Benchmarking
In early August, MGKF partner Brenda Gotanda reported that owners of commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet or greater in Philadelphia would be subject to new requirements to benchmark building energy and water use pursuant to Ordinance No. 120428-A and its implementing regulations. (See MGKF Special Alert: Philadelphia Building Owners Required to Benchmark Energy and Water Usage, August 1, 2013).
Under the Ordinance, owners must annually enter their energy and water data, for the prior calendar year, into EPA's Portfolio Manager by June 30. However, the regulations delayed the first deadline (applicable to 2012 data) to October 31, 2013, in order to allow sufficient time for compliance after issuance of the regulations, guidance and a major upgrade to EPA's Portfolio Manager.
This first compliance deadline has now been further extended. As a result of the federal government shutdown, Portfolio Manager is unavailable for use. Accordingly, the Mayor's Office of Sustainability has announced that the City is extending the October 31 deadline by at least the number of days that Portfolio Manager is offline.