Building Energy Benchmarking Program

Reporting

June 1, 2019, is the deadline to report benchmarking information to the California Energy Commission for commercial buildings with more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area and for multi-family buildings with more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area and 17 or more residential units. Once you have entered your buildings and 2018 energy use data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, please complete your submission using one of the following links:

  • Report Buildings With Energy Use Data
    Use this link to benchmark buildings for which energy use is available.

  • Report Buildings Without Energy Use Data
    Use this link to benchmark buildings for which energy use is not available, either because you did not receive customer permission (only applicable to buildings with fewer than three utility accounts) or because you received a trade secret exemption.

For assistance, please view the materials under "Resources" or contact the Benchmarking Hotline at (855) 279-6460 or Benchmarking@energy.ca.gov.

Background and Overview

Assembly Bill 802 (Chapter 590, Statutes 2015) directed the Energy Commission to create a state-wide building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program for certain buildings. The Commission's regulations require building owners to report building characteristic information and energy use data to the Commission by June 1 annually, for buildings with more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area that have either no residential utility accounts or 17 or more residential utility accounts. Building owners report their buildings using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Local Benchmarking and Public Disclosure Ordinances

The cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San José have local benchmarking and public disclosure programs for which an exemption has been granted by the Energy Commission. Buildings in these jurisdictions that are reported to the local jurisdiction do not need to be reported to the Commission. Check with your local benchmarking program for reporting requirements.

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