Through an Assembly Bill that was approved in 2015, the State of California requires that all commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 square feet benchmark and report their building’s energy consumption annually by June 1 at the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager web portal. Benchmarking is a great way for building owners to track their consumption and even compare it with similar buildings in the same climate zone. Tracking may uncover malfunctions on solar production or air conditioning systems, for example, and can help a building owner make important decisions when considering investing in solar and battery storage, or in new appliances or retrofits.
For more information, visit www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/building-energy-benchmarking-program. If you’d like assistance getting started on your benchmarking efforts, City staff can help.
Contact Barbara Locci firstname.lastname@example.org.