CALIFORNIA ENERGY BENCHMARKING REGULATION TAKES EFFECT JUNE 1, 2018

Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. As of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the California Energy Commission. (Buildings in L.A. must request an exemption from the state regs and submit data under the L.A. Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance).

BOMA INTERNATIONAL TESTIFIES ON ENERGY INCENTIVES

BOMA International testified earlier this month on the importance of making permanent and modernizing the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, commonly referred to as 179D. The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy is considering the treatment of expired tax provisions that were left unaddressed after the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

BOMA/GLA STAFF ATTENDS NETZERO 2017 CONFERENCE

BOMA/GLA advocacy staff attended the NetZero 2017 Conference at the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus Facility in Commerce. CA State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon opened the conference with some words about how California is leading the way in energy policy. After that, guests were treated to a roundtable discussion with energy policy leaders from various sectors of the economy.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION MEETS WITH BOMA/GLA SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

The California Energy Commission staff asked to meet with our members to share information about the Title 24 Part 6 state energy standards and how owners can impact the 3-year process for their development. In July, Amie Brousseau of the Cal. Energy Commission met with the Sustainability Committee (in photo above), providing an overview of the Energy Commission’s purpose, the code update process, and important tools available to commercial owners and their consultants.

Here are some key resources for commercial properties:

City of L.A. May Extend Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance Deadline

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has put forward a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council to extend the initial benchmarking deadline to November 1, 2017, providing additional time for building owners to comply with the ordinance.

COMPLIANCE DEADLINE DRAWING NEAR FOR CITY OF L.A. BENCHMARKING ORDINANCE

The City of L.A. has begun implementation of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance passed last year, and owners have already started receiving letters to comply if their building is over 100,000 sf. The compliance deadline is July 1, 2017.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IDENTIFIES KEY TOPICS FOR 2017

The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee will be taking on a broad range of issues in 2017, as various levels of government target commercial owners and businesses for additional regulation and as a source of funds. Here are our members and their subject areas:

Affordable Housing - Althea DePietro, DePietro and Sons

BOMA California - Dave Foley, Brookfield, Govt. Affairs Committee Chair;

Energy and Environmental Issues - Matt Gammel, Gensler

Homeless Policy Issues - Nathan Morales, LPC

BOMA/GLA TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF L.A. EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY ORDINANCE

The LA City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee reviewed the LA Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance last week and BOMA/GLA was there to lend our support. Martha Cox-Nitikman, in the photo above, testified that the ordinance struck a crucial balance between mandatory compliance with benchmarking requirements and technical and financial support by LADWP to assist owners in increasing energy and water efficiency.

BOMA/GLA SUPPORTS THE SAFE REOPENING OF ALISO CANYON GAS WELLS

The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee recently voted to support the re-opening of the Aliso Canyon Gas Wells in the San Fernando Valley. After a gas leak earlier this year, the wells have remained closed and the Gas Company has conducted a series of rigorous safety tests, following state and federal procedures with governmental oversight. 

SB 32 PASSES THE ASSEMBLY - GOES TO GOVERNOR FOR SIGNATURE

The State Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 32, which BOMA California and other business organizations have fought against over the last few months. 

SB 32 doubles GHG targets by 2030 and expands authority of regulatory bodies to regulate industry through command-and-control mandates; will increase energy costs for electricity and transportation fuels.