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Building Energy Benchmarking

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COVID-19 Update: The City of San Diego and the State of California are allowing building owners to submit energy data until September 1st. City staff are here to support and assist building owners with compliance during this unprecedented situation.

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.  NOTE: The City and State reporting deadline has been extended to September 1st.

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.

Upcoming Workshops

  • Building Benchmarking for State and Local Compliance
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Learn how to use the industry-leading benchmarking tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, which will help you better manage energy consumption and provide greater insight into prioritizing energy audits and retrofits.

    Register for June 24, 2020 the Webinar

Recorded Webinars

Find a Benchmarking Service Provider

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.

Energy Efficiency Resources

The City of San Diego has compiled a list of resources for businesses interested in saving money on energy costs.

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.

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