Published on October 26, 2022 by Charles Orr to in Los Angeles EBEWE

The other shoe has dropped! With the LADBS letter of October 24, 2022 the whole EBEWE program is now on hold. The requirements for benchmarking and auditing (A/RCx) for 2019, 2020 and 2021 have been tolled. This means that the requirements remain, but completing and filing of Benchmarks is not "yet" required. The same applies to Audits and Retro-commissioning. And, the letter states that the department will provide at least a 6-month notice prior to the compliance due dates.

Is this the end of EBEWE as we know it? Is the EBEWE requirement for Audits and Retro-commissioning too demanding and costly for building owners? Are the EBEWE A/RCx requirements a "bridge too far". Have the affected property owners pushed back on this possible over-reach by the Building Deparment? The cost to comply with A/RCx in time and money is a heavy burden on building owners - now and in the future. Tolling the A/RCx requirement does not eliminate this cost.

Is the pandemic with its "Emergency Authority" the real reason for the Tolling of the Deadlines? Or is the pandemic a smoke screen for the real problem with the property owner's cost of compliance? What will be the final outcome?