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17.104.020 Definitions.

For purposes of this Chapter, and administrative rules adopted under this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall be construed as defined in this Section.

A.  “Covered building” means any commercial building containing a gross floor area of at least 20,000 square feet and predominantly used for office, retail, grocery, health care, higher education and hotel purposes.  “Covered building” does not include buildings predominantly used for housing, industrial, nursing home, parking, primary and secondary education, residential, warehouse and worship purposes.

B.  “Director” means the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability or his or her authorized representative, designee or agent.

C.  “Energy” means electricity, natural gas, steam, heating oil, or other product sold for use in a building, or renewable on-site electricity generation, for purposes of providing heating, cooling, lighting, water heating, or for powering or fueling other end-uses in the building and related facilities.

D.  “ENERGY STAR” score means the 1 to 100 numeric rating generated by the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool that compares the relative energy usage of the building to that of similar buildings, where available.

E.  “Energy performance information” means information related to a building’s energy consumption as generated by the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, and descriptive information about the physical building and its operational characteristics.

F.  “ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager” means a software program developed for evaluating and managing building energy data, used for creating an ENERGY STAR score.

G.  “Energy use intensity (EUI)” means a numerical value calculated by the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager that represents the annual site energy consumed by a building relative to its gross floor area, reported as thousand British thermal units per square foot (kBtu/sf).

H.  “Gross floor area” means the total number of enclosed square feet measured between the principal exterior surfaces of the fixed walls of a building.

I.  “Owner” means any of the following:

1.  Any individual or entity possessing title to a property with one or more covered buildings;

2.  The net lessee in the case of a building or property subject to a triple net lease;

3.  The association of unit owners responsible for overall management in the case of a condominium; or

4.  Any agent designated to act on behalf of a building or property owner.

J.  “Shared Utility Services” means energy-related services such as electricity, natural gas, chilled water, heated water or steam serving two or more buildings from a centralized system or a single utility billing meter.

K.  “Tenant” means a person or entity occupying or holding possession of any part of a building or premises pursuant to a rental or condominium agreement.

L.  “Utility” means an entity that distributes and sells natural gas, electric, or thermal energy services to covered buildings.