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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 03:28 AM

St. Louis To Crack Down On Large Building Owners Who Don't Report Energy Use

Operators of St. Louis buildings larger than 50,000 square feet will soon face penalties if they donít report energy and water use to the city.

The cityís benchmarking ordinance, which went into effect in 2017, requires owners of municipal and privately owned buildings to report energy and water consumption to the St. Louis Building Division. City officials will levy fines and deny occupancy permits to buildings that donít comply within 60 days of receiving a warning letter.

The penalties strengthen an ordinance that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Buildings produce 77% of St. Louisí emissions, according to a 2015 report from the cityís sustainability office.


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