What is Assembly Bill 802?
Assembly Bill 802 is a California bill that eases disclosure and energy benchmarking requirements on non-residential buildings. It would eventually require building owners to disclose energy data and to use the Energy Star platform, but would not require them to collect utility data from tenants or to disclose energy usage to prospective buyers, lessees, or lenders.
Why It Matters
This law replaces Assembly Bill 1103, which was the first of many across the United States that required the publicity of building energy data. AB 1103 was repealed on January 1, 2016. While AB 802 is less stringent than AB 1103, it still includes some important provisions that contribute to energy awareness in California.