The imperative for sustainable solutions has taken center stage in the ever-evolving landscape of Boston’s building regulations. Adopted in 2021, Boston’s Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) aims to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated by large buildings in Boston. BERDO gives the City of Boston authority to set emissions standards for large existing buildings, including residential buildings with 15 or more units and non-residential buildings that are 20,000 square feet or larger.

The emissions standards set by BERDO decrease over time, with all buildings expected to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. BERDO encourages retrofits, energy efficiency improvements, fuel switching, and renewable energy generation in local buildings. At JM Electrical, our Service Division can play a pivotal role in helping clients meet and exceed BERDO requirements. Through quality installations, excellent customer service, and meticulous follow-through, we empower our clients to achieve energy efficiency, reduce carbon footprints, and contribute to Boston’s sustainable future.

Our highly experienced and dedicated personnel install and maintain the essential systems needed to support Boston’s diverse, sophisticated information economy and increasingly large and complex buildings. We also work with our partners to build some of the most environmentally friendly facilities in the region, helping our clients meet BERDO regulations or earn LEED certification, which recognizes the successful integration of emerging green building technologies in projects around the globe.

Key Services and How We Help:

  • Energy Efficiency: Make your building more energy-efficient through our specialized services
  • Preventative Maintenance: Implement electrical distribution systems preventive maintenance to reduce breakdowns
  • Cost Incentives: Research incentives to offset costs associated with energy-efficient upgrades
  • Experienced Professionals: Rely on our experienced and trusted professionals for your electrical needs
  • Streamlined Process: Benefit from a single contact to resolve all your electrical requirements efficiently

As BERDO mandates a reduction in emissions over time, our Service Division steps in to assist clients in achieving compliance. From lighting upgrades to various energy-efficient solutions, our specialized electrical contractors play a crucial role in making buildings more energy-efficient, contributing to the broader goals of BERDO. Studies indicate that 77% of equipment breakdowns can be reduced through preventative maintenance—a principle closely aligned with BERDO’s vision. By implementing preventive maintenance of electrical distribution systems, JM Electrical contributes to compliance and the longevity and efficiency of building systems.

In the broader context, the importance of sustainability, carbon reduction, and energy efficiency cannot be overstated. As a forward-thinking city, Boston places a premium on initiatives that contribute to a greener and healthier urban environment. Beyond compliance, the pursuit of sustainable practices in the built environment aligns with global efforts to mitigate climate change and enhance overall quality of life. Through our comprehensive electrical services, we not only meet the immediate needs of our clients but also contribute to the larger narrative of environmental responsibility. Together, let’s navigate the path towards a greener, more energy-efficient Boston.

Michael Cunningham, Service Sales Manager