What is BErdo?
The Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) compels major buildings in Boston to report their annual energy and gas use to the City and to gradually reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
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How should you report to BERDO?
1. Energy Star Portfolio Manager: This software is used to report critical building attributes as well as energy and gas usage.
2. BERDO Reporting Form: This form collects BERDO 2.0 data that is not included in Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
3. Third-Party Data Verification: Under BERDO 2.0, third-party verification of buildings is mandatory for the first year of reporting. Third-party verification is not necessary in 2023 if it was completed in 2022.
Which buildings does it apply to?
Buildings between 20,000 and 35,000 square feet in size, or residential buildings with 15 to 35 units, will be required to disclose their energy consumption beginning in 2022 and thereafter. They will not be subject to the emissions limits until 2031, when they will report on emissions from 2030.
What are the penalties?
Noncompliance with reporting requirements can result in daily fines ranging from $150 to $300, depending on the size of the property. Failure to meet emission regulations can result in daily fines ranging from $300 to $1,000. Furthermore, building owners/operators may make alternative compliance payments for any emissions standards violations at a cost of $234 per metric ton of CO2-equivalent.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The first reporting deadline is May 15, 2022, but building owners can apply for a one-time six-month extension.
No, a third party with one of the credentials stated in the regulations must verify the data.
According to regulation section 1.04(b), owners have the option to either determine the square footage themselves or use the Gross Floor Area provided in the tax assessment.
According to regulation section 1.07(a), the reporting unit is defined as a single building. If multiple buildings are not individually metered, the total energy usage should be divided among them based on the square footage of each building.