Boston’s Climate Action Plan & BERDO



BERDO is a city-wide ordinance, requiring Boston buildings to report their annual energy use and to undergo an energy assessment or submit an energy action plan every five years

Makes building owners aware of gas emissions and consumption
Encourages buildings to improve their energy performance and reduce their emissions
Helps Bostonians save money and the City achieve its emissions reduction goals
Provides public data to give better insight on how energy is being used by Boston’s buildings

 

BERDO Overview

 

Since buildings account for over 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in Boston, BERDO is one of the main initiatives within Boston’s Climate Action Plan. It aims to make building owners, tenants, and other stakeholders more aware of their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions and provides opportunities to reduce both.

  • The ordinance requires Boston’s large and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy usage.
  • Buildings are also required to show a concerted effort to reduce their emissions by 15% every five years, through energy actions or audits.

The requirements are meant to help spur action in Boston’s largest buildings, helping them to lower their greenhouse gas emissions, save money on their energy bills, and assist the City in meeting its Carbon Free by 2050 climate goal.

 

Submission Deadline

 

Usage reports are to be submitted annually. The city of Boston provides a list of properties required to submit a report and the date their Energy Action and Assessment submissions are due. Due dates for Energy Action & Assessments depend on the date of the first year a building submits a report.

New buildings must report their EEAs five years after their first data report, but for most buildings, the due dates for this Energy Action and Assessment (EAA) requirements are:

 

  • May 15, 2019 – Non-residential buildings 50,000 sf or larger. First-year of BERDO reporting in 2014.
  • May 15, 2020 – Residential buildings 50,000 sf or 50 units and larger. First-year of reporting to BERDO in 2015.
  • May 15, 2021 – Non-residential buildings 35,000 sf or larger. First-year of reporting to BERDO in 2016.
  • May 15, 2022 – Residential buildings 35,000 sf or 35 units or larger. First-year of reporting to BERDO in 2017.

Buildings Required to Participate

The properties that are required to submit a report are listed on boston.gov, including those that began reporting in previous years. Beginning in 2017 and continuing every year thereafter, the requirements apply to:

All non-residential buildings greater than 35,000 square feet

Residential buildings that are 35,000 square feet

Any parcel with multiple buildings that sum to 100
Reports & Energy Action and Assessment
BERDO Data & Annual Analysis
Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful Resources
Reports & Energy Action and Assessment
Detailed information on what an energy usage report consists of, the requirements that need to be met in order to complete an Energy Action & Assessment and ways properties can meet their energy targets, and how to submit both.
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BERDO Data & Annual Analysis
View the BERDO Energy and Water Use in Boston's Large Buildings latest analysis and findings, which identifies energy use patterns across building types and sectors.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Review a list of Frequently Asked Questions about BERDO and other resources that are not included in the overview.
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Helpful Resources
Helpful resources and links that provide all the necessary information about BERDO and Boston’s Climate Action Plan
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