Los Angeles Leading the Charge to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency in Buildings

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In 2014 LADWP pledged to reduce energy usage by 15% by 2020 and reduce potable water use per capita by 20% by 2017


In December 13, 2016 the City of Los Angeles passed an ordinance to establish a program to reduce energy and water consumption in buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide.

The City of Los Angeles Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) Program takes effect in 2017 and will require building owners to disclose their buildings’ energy and water consumption. This benchmarking data, compiled through EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, will be used by the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety to generate annual reports and track the City’s progress toward attaining its energy, water and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals by 2025.

The ordinance covers most municipal buildings over 7500 square feet and privately owned buildings over 20,000 square feet. Effective July 1st, 2017, building owners over 100,000 square feet will be required to benchmark annual energy and water use. In addition, commencing in 2019, there is a requirement under the program that buildings (city owned buildings of 15,000 sq feet or more and privately owned buildings of 20,000 square feet or more) must undergo an energy and water audit and retro-commissioning every five years unless it is exempted from the audit by demonstrating sufficient energy and water efficiency improvement.

By passing this ambitious and comprehensive policy, the City of Los Angeles and the LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have asserted themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change. In 2014 LADWP pledged to reduce energy usage by 15% by 2020 and reduce potable water use per capita by 20% by 2017 and the implementation of this new policy will assist the City in achieving their efficiency goals. By utilizing real time energy management systems that provide a continuous energy audit, building owners can make informed decisions to take corrective action to improve efficiencies in all buildings across Los Angeles.

CircuitMeter applauds this ambitious program and predicts other cities will follow suit leading to the rapid adoption of advanced energy management technologies with a focus on improving the energy efficiency in buildings of all sizes.

Please click on the following links for more detailed information on the City of Los Angeles Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) Program or the Ordinance 184674.