Monday, May 4, 2009
BOMA California Urges CA Legislature to Amend AB 1103 (Benchmarking Law for Commercial Buildings' Energy Consumption)
BOMA California advocacy staff is working with the state’s utility companies and others to amend the historic benchmarking legislation (AB 1103) that will require all commercial building owners in the state to have benchmarked the energy consumption of their properties by January 1, 2010. The original law called for the utility companies to upload building owners’ data but only with the owners’ permission. It did not address the issue of tenant permission in separately metered situations (triple net) where such data cannot be released to or shared with the owner without the tenants’ permission. AB 531, introduced by the author of AB 1103, Assembly Member Lori Saldana, seeks to remedy this situation by allowing owners to request billing information of all tenants within their buildings from the utility company without the permission of the tenant(s) as long as the data is being used exclusively for the purpose of benchmarking the property in which the tenant rents space.
For questions on this legislation, please contact our state advocate, Matthew Hargrove at firstname.lastname@example.org.