To help achieve ambitious city-wide climate goals, many cities are adopting or seeking to adopt energy efficiency policies for existing buildings. However, city staff, decision makers, and advocates often lack clear information on the benefits and administrative costs of these policies. This topic brief and series of factsheets begins to fill this knowledge gap for three energy efficiency policies: time-of-sale energy disclosure, retrocommissioning and building tune-up, and benchmarking and disclosure. Based on interviews with staff in cities that have adopted these policies, these resources report available data on community-wide benefits; benefits to marginalized communities; and administrative costs across these policies. They also provide insights into the policy design and implementation processes for these policies and offer recommendations and lessons learned based on city experiences.
|Jarrah, A., and D. Ribeiro. 2022. By the Numbers: The Benefits and Administrative Costs of Local Building Efficiency Policies. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.|