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Boston municipal buildings target carbon neutrality

Following an executive order, building construction must be low-energy and fossil-fuel-free, while meeting annual energy needs from a mix of on- and off-site renewable energy assets.

Boston clearly shows that the success of a (smart) city requires smart buildings that generate and share IoT data. They put the requirements on utility companies and real estate owners to share and report between each other to enable optimization and investments in carbon-free technologies.

In 2019, BERDO (Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance require the following portfolios to report their annual energy and water usage for January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018:

  • Nonresidential buildings that are 35,000 square feet or larger.
  • Residential buildings that are 35,000 square feet or larger, or have 35 or more units.
  • Any parcel with multiple buildings that sum to 100,000 square feet or 100 units.

The ambitious target:

  • 100 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions from large buildings in 2050
  • 100 percent of covered buildings reach their carbon targets or complete alternative compliance payment