Have you heard what AB1103 is? Probably not. Does it effect you? Maybe!
In November of 2007, California passed Assembly Bill 1103 (AB1103), mandating energy bench marketing and energy disclosure for non-residential buildings. AB 1103 requires non-residential business owners to input energy consumption and other building data into the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager system, which generates an energy efficiency rating for the building. Ratings are from 1 to 100, with 100 being the most energy efficient.Ifabuildingreachesascoreof75 or higher, owners can apply for an ENERGY STAR plaque. Any building applying for the ENERGY STAR label must have their data certified by a licensed professional engineer.
Implementation Schedule for AB1103
AB 1103 mandated disclosure of a building’s energy data and rating of the previous year to prospective buyers and lessees of the entire building or lenders financing the entire building. The original disclosure date was January 1, 2010, but after several delays, implementation of the AB 1103 bill requirements is finally expected to begin January 1, 2014 according to the following schedule:
(a) On and after January 1, 2014, for a building with total gross floor area measuring more than 50,000 SF.
(b) On and after March 1, 2014, for a building with a total gross floor area measuring more than 10,000 SF & up to 50,000 SF.
(c) On and after January 1, 2015, for a building with a total gross floor area measuring at least 5,000 SF and up to 10,000 SF.
The key determinant of whether AB 1103 disclosures apply is the building’s use classification. If the classification is Group F (Factory), the building is exempt. If the classification is Group S (Storage), AB 1103 applies. While the use classifications are defined under the statewide California Building Code, the local municipality selects the use classification for a particular building in its issuance of the occupancy permit.
Consequently, local interpretations and applications of the use classifications can vary. In the case of industrial buildings utilized for manufacturing, assembly or fabrication activities, the exemption will clearly apply. However, warehouses, depots and distribution centers are likely to be classified as Group S and, therefore, subject to the regulations. In those cases, the occupancy permit documentation is the best means of determining whether AB 1103 applies.
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