Today the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) jointly announced the launch of BuildingRating.org, the world’s first resource concerning energy performance rating and disclosure policies for homes and commercial buildings.
Currently some 100 countries, and state or local jurisdictions have instituted building energy rating and disclosure programs in recent years – a strategy intended to help consumers and businesses lower energy use and costs. Last month, the city of San Francisco passed an energy rating law, and four states – Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico and Maryland – have building energy rating and disclosure bills in play in state legislatures.
Similar to miles-per-gallon ratings of cars, building energy ratings can help consumers make more informed and cost-conscious decisions when buying or leasing property. Currently, there is no standard way to rate and compare the energy performance of homes and other buildings.
BuildingRating.org is intended to be a resource for policymakers and real estate professionals looking for more information and to exchange ideas and best practices on building energy rating and disclosure programs.
“We are pleased to launch BuildingRating.org at this important time in the evolution of global energy rating and disclosure policy,” said Andrew Burr, director of IMT’s Building Energy Rating program in a press announcement.
“This resource will be a conduit for policy makers to find and exchange ideas and best practices, and a tool for the real estate industry to track and comply with local policies and programs.”
The European Union, China, Australia and a number of U.S. states and cities have enacted rating and disclosure policies, says Dale Bryk, director of the NRDC Air and Energy Program.
“Governments around the world are embracing building energy rating and disclosure as a policy tool to reduce energy usage in homes and buildings, drive investments in building energy efficiency and boost local economies by creating jobs,” said Bryk.
IMT is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization promoting energy efficiency, green building and environmental protection in the United States and abroad.
NRDC is an international nonprofit environmental organization with 1.3 million members and online activists.