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BOSTON-New England’s largest city will join the ranks of municipalities that require large commercial properties and residential properties to report and disclose their energy and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The Boston City Council on Wednesday approved Mayor Thomas Menino‘s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance, which will be imposed in phases on commercial properties of 35,000 square feet or more and residential buildings of 35 or more units.

(Energy efficiency is not always accomplished through city mandate. See our national lead story.)

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