Benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy use to understand its performance and identify opportunities to reduce building owners’ single largest operating expense: energy.
The City of San Diego Climate Action Plan (CAP), adopted in 2015, calls for creating more energy-efficient buildings and ordinances to conserve and disclose energy use. In pursuing its CAP goals, the San Diego City Council passed the Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance in February 2019. The ordinance requires commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet and multifamily and mixed-use buildings greater than 50,000 square feet and with 17 or more residential accounts to submit energy data to the City using a free tool called ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Submissions are due by June 1 annually.
ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® allows anyone to quickly understand how a building is performing based on the 1-100 ENERGY STAR® score. A score of 50 represents median energy performance, and a score of 75 or higher means the building is a top performer, and may be eligible for ENERGY STAR® certification.
While not required by the City of San Diego’s benchmarking ordinance, building owners may hire outside support for benchmarking services. The EPA provides a (partial) listing of service providers. Please note the City of San Diego does not guarantee the quality or pricing of the work provided by these firms, and the firms listed do not have any affiliation with the City of San Diego.
Still have questions? Call the City of San Diego Energy Benchmarking Help Center at 858-492-6000 (M-F, 9 am – 5 pm) or email [email protected].
The City of San Diego has compiled a list of resources for businesses interested in saving money on energy costs.