ENFORCEMENT POSTPONED: CALIFORNIA BUILDING ENERGY BENCHMARKING

Due to the interruption and hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, owners of large commercial and multifamily buildings may delay compliance with the benchmarking reporting requirements from June 1 until September 1, 2020. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will not enforce noncompliance with the California Building Energy Benchmarking Program reporting requirements set forth in California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1683 prior to this date.

Supporting Content

ENERGY STARĀ® Portfolio Manager

A free online tool to measure and track energy consumption provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Report 2019 Energy Use

Use this link to benchmark buildings for which energy-use data are available.

Report Without Energy Use

Use this link to benchmark buildings for which energy-use data are not available, either due to customer refusal or due to trade secret exemption.

Exempted Local Benchmarking Ordinances

Information on local benchmarking and public disclosure programs for cities exempt from the state reporting requirement.

Disclosable buildings are those with more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area. Owners of commercial buildings with more than 50,000 square feet and no residential utility accounts must report annually starting June 1, 2018. Owners of multifamily residential buildings with more 50,000 square feet and 17 or more utility accounts must report annually starting June 1, 2019.

For more information, including exemptions see the Benchmarking and Public Disclosure Fact Sheet

Reporting is due every year by June 1 for buildings with no residential utility accounts and buildings with 17 or more residential utility accounts.

Information for buildings with no residential utility accounts is scheduled to be posted after June 1, 2019. Information for buildings with 17 or more residential accounts is scheduled to be posted after June 1, 2020.

Comparative information on the performance of each building will be posted during the second reporting year for each group.

For more information, including exemptions see the Benchmarking and Public Disclosure Fact Sheet

Multifamily

  • Fact Sheet
  • Checklist
  • Benchmarking Multifamily Training Videos - YouTube
    (The training videos have been taken down temporarily. When they have been re-posted, the links will be added here.)

Commercial

  • Fact Sheet
  • Checklist
  • Benchmarking Training Video - YouTube
    (The training videos have been taken down temporarily. When they have been re-posted, the links will be added here.)

How to Comply

Create an account in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Enter each disclosable building into your account

Enter your energy use data

Log into the Portfolio Manager

Submit your report from within Portfolio Manager

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