Recently, the Seattle City Council took action to revise that city’s energy performance disclosure requirement adding full public information transparency as a feature. Following the City Council action, the Office of Sustainability & Environment is working to amend the Director’s Rule to define the specifics of how transparency will work. This work will begin soon and continue into early summer. Information from OSE indicates that the objective is to update of the Benchmarking Director’s Rule to reflect the current Seattle Municipal Code SMC 22.920 and further define transparency requirements. They anticipate the primary rule changes will focus on defining the collected and published metrics. Proposed rule updates will include technical and procedural corrections or clarifications such as detailing existing exemptions and enforcement processes. The majority of proposed changes will document current procedural practice. Modifications to the Director’s Rule will be considered based on stakeholder feedback, staff recommendations and the formal public comment process.
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