Construction Law

Energy Benchmarking for Commercial Real Estate

, The Legal Intelligencer


When asked to envision the source of carbon emissions, many would conjure images of smokestacks, exhaust pipes and chimneys, belching out puffs of dark smoke. Most carbon emissions, however, boast a far more urbane and polished origin: commercial buildings. In fact, buildings account for 39 percent of the United States' carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels each year — more than the emissions from the industrial and transportation sectors. Specifically, electricity is the most common source of such carbon dioxide emissions. Because buildings consume 70 percent of the electricity load in the United States, even a marginal reduction in electricity usage and carbon dioxide emissions can create a significant impact.

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