Colorado Considers Energy Efficiency Disclosure Law

COLORADO State legislators in the U.S. are considering a potential new law requiring building owners to reveal how energy-efficient a commercial space is to prospective tenants or buyers.

A group of Denver-area businesses could be the model for "greener" policies statewide.

Denver restaurant owner Gene Tang is a member of "Eat Greener Denver", a group of restaurant owners committed to making their spaces more environmentally friendly, stated regarding the business advantages of energy efficiency: "We've only got that much energy, no matter how you look at it, and we've really need to go and save it for the next generations."

Tang and the other “Eat Greener Denver” businesses did energy audits to pinpoint areas where they could cut back on energy use - from using energy efficiency appliances and technology through to better insulation and weatherstripping. Tang is delighted as such energy efficiency measures are now saving his business around $2,000 a month.

Under the propose bill businesses would not be required to make any changes because of the energy-consumption information, but the idea is provide better information for future action to be taken and savings made.

Tang admitted that the energy efficiency fixes were costly - but worth it financially and environmentally: "I was really surprised when we did all these changes. You actually will get your money back and at the same time you help out and save, actually, the usage of energy.”

The bill goes to committee this week and if it becomes law, it will take effect for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet next year and for all commercial buildings by 2013.

Picture of Denver by Ishmael Orendain

Wednesday 20th April 2011

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