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Building Energy Benchmarking

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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 PDF icon 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.

Benchmarking Seminars

Basics of Building Benchmarking for Ordinance Compliance and energy efficiency

Register and learn the basics of Portfolio Manager. Learn about the ins and outs of Portfolio Manager and get to know the benefits of energy efficiency and energy management. 

Energy Efficiency Resources

Find out if your property is eligible for energy efficiency rebates or no- or low-cost energy efficiency upgrades from SDG&E. SDG&E also offers free energy efficiency classes.

Look into ENERGY STAR resources and benchmarking training.  Also ENERGY STAR offers great energy saving appliances and rebates.