Boston’s BERDO 2.0 now requiring third-party verification

A new requirement in 2022, third-party verification of buildings must be completed by a qualified energy professional. GreenerU is here to help you.

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The City of Boston recently passed the Building Energy Reporting Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) 2.0, which applies more stringent requirements on building owners to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.

Some highlights:

Smaller buildings are required to comply. Previously, only buildings 35,000 square feet or larger were required to report and mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. Now buildings as small as 20,000 square feet are included as well.

Fines are going up. Previous fines for non-reporting were capped at $3,000. Now fines are not just for non-reporting, but for failure to meet emissions standards: up to $1,000 per day.

2025 is when emissions standards kick in and non-compliance payments are due. 2050 is targeted for a zero-carbon Boston, but many interim deadlines will mean penalties for non-compliance will become more stringent.

Third-party data verification is required. A new requirement in 2022, third-party verification of buildings must be completed by a qualified energy professional.

Are your facilities ready? Boston building owners will need to take action:

  1. Collect and report building emissions data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  2. Determine how your building emissions compare to BERDO 2.0’s performance standards
  3. Develop a plan for reducing building emissions to meet increasingly higher standards over time
  4. Get third-party verification

GreenerU is available to help you navigate BERDO 2.0. The new standards can present a complex path. We have the experience and capabilities to help you understand your options, chart a path toward more energy-efficient building operations, develop a plan to reach the City’s goal of zero emissions by 2050, and mitigate exposure to financial penalties.

Contact us to learn more.


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