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Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

Deadline to submit energy data: June 1 annually

The City of San Diego has adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 802, requiring property owners and operators of commercial, multifamily and mixed-use properties greater than 50,000 sq. ft. (and for multifamily and mixed-used properties with more than 17 units) to report energy usage. The City of San Diego Climate Action Plan (CAP) calls for creating more energy-efficient buildings and ordinances to conserve and disclose energy use. In pursuing its CAP goals, the city adopted the PDF icon Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance (BEBO) for commercial, multifamily and mixed-use properties. 

Covered Buildings & Deadlines

Building Type Building Size June 1, 2019 June 1, 2020
Commercial > 50,000 square feet Report to city Report to city
Multifamily/Mixed-Use > 50,000 square feet and
17+ residential utility accounts
Report to state Report to city

File San Diego Covered Buildings List

*Please note all required properties may not be listed.  This listing only includes commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, and it includes your property's unique 6-digit San Diego Building ID number, which is required for compliance. This number is assigned specifically to your property.   

Reporting Process

The below infographic represents the general BEBO reporting process.

Benchmarking Ordinance Process

How To Comply

  1. If you don’t have an Energy Start Portfolio Manager account, Create New ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® Account.
  2. Gather building information:  Gather basic information to get started, such as address, property type, occupancy, gross floor sq. ft. area, and other basic information. Additional instructions will be be provided to you once you start the process.
  3. Compile your annual (January - December) energy usage data for your covered building. Building owners with three or more utility accounts (commercial) or five or more utility accounts (multifamily residential) of an energy type can request whole-building aggregated energy consumption information directly from San Diego Gas & Electric® Benchmarking.
  4. Login to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®  to submit your 2018 energy usage data.  It's critical that you login from the City of San Diego's benchmarking webpage to report your building energy data, and identify your property(ies) by providing the required data. 

Exemption Request

Deadline to submit exemption request: March 1 annually

Certain building types are automatically excluded from reporting requirements. Other buildings may be eligible to submit an exemption request. PDF icon Learn more about exemptions.

Requesting an exemption? Email [email protected] to submit your request.

Once exemption request is approved Submit your exemption.

Need Help?

Training Videos

Module 1: Ordinance Overview and Creating an ENERGY STAR account

Module 2: Adding an account in Portfolio Manager

Module 3: Adding Meters in Portfolio Manager

Module 4: Benchmarking Data Request Portal User Guide  (Video Coming Soon) 

Module 5: Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Compliance Process

One-on-One Support

San Diego Regional Green Business Network members can receive no-cost, one-on-one technical support through its Benchmarking Coach program. Not a member? Join at no-cost today at GreenBizSD.org/join.

Upcoming Workshops:

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