California Energy Use Disclosure Rules Implementation Postponed Until January 1, 2014

By Pamela Westhoff and Lydia Lake

The long-awaited energy use disclosure requirements, first enacted as AB 1103 (Saldana) in 2007 (codified as California Public Resources Code, §25402.10), will now be implemented starting on January 1, 2014 for all buildings in excess of 10,000 square feet. This means that owners of buildings in excess of 50,000 square feet will now have until January 1, 2014 instead of July 1, 2013 to comply. Thereafter, the reporting requirements will extend to buildings in excess of 5,000 square feet on July 1, 2014. Other than the revision of the commencement date and corresponding elimination of the 6-month phase-in period for larger properties, the legislation’s requirements for commercial property owners remains unchanged. The postponement was necessary due to issues in the redesign of the Energy Star Website. We will continue to monitor the progress of this legislation and will issue updates as necessary.