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Kansas City passes energy benchmarking and transparency bill.

Press Release Summary:

Jun 09, 2015 - On June 4, City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed a building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinance that would require large municipal, multifamily, and commercial buildings to measure and disclose their energy use. Such policies make it possible to compare energy performance of different buildings, allowing prospective buyers and renters to understand the full cost of operating the building. They can also help building owners address energy inefficiencies in their facilities.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

Kansas City Passes Energy Benchmarking and Transparency Bill

Press release date: Jun 05, 2015

ROSSLYN, Va., —The City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed a building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinance on June 4 that would require large municipal, multifamily, and commercial buildings to measure and disclose their energy use.

In response to the vote, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff said, “NEMA congratulates Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the members of the City Council, including bill sponsor Councilman Scott Taylor, on becoming the 14th city to enact an energy benchmarking and transparency policy.”

Such policies make it possible to compare the energy performance of different buildings—similar to the miles-per-gallon ratings of different cars—allowing prospective buyers and renters to understand the full cost of operating the buildings in which they work, live, learn, and play. Understanding how buildings use energy can also help building owners address energy inefficiencies in their facilities, reducing energy waste and creating local jobs in the process.

“In passing this ordinance, Kansas City demonstrates a commitment to sustainability,” said Cosgriff. “By focusing on policies that simultaneously promote efficient energy use and create high-quality local manufacturing, construction, design, engineering, and energy management jobs, Kansas City is setting an example that other cities should follow.”

NEMA has actively supported benchmarking and disclosure policies across the country, and is working to ensure that building owners and renters have the information they need to make informed decisions about how they use energy.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the U.S. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year. Our industry is at the forefront on electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security.

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