Benchmarking is the process of measuring your building’s energy consumption and comparing it against past performance and to other similar buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to benchmark and rank your building's energy performance on a scale of 1 to 100 (a score of 75 means your building performs better than 75% of similar buildings nationwide).
What do I need to do?
Currently, the California Energy Commission is creating a statewide benchmarking program mandated by Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802), which was signed into law in 2015. This program will require owners of commercial, mixed-use and multifamily buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to report benchmarking metrics publicly, on an annual basis, using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Once you have created your building portfolio, you can use the methods below to send your building’s energy use information to the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.
For many buildings, AB 802 requires California utilities to provide aggregated whole-building energy usage information to building owners upon request starting January 1, 2017. This is subject to certain thresholds set by the number of accounts in commercial and multi-family properties, in which permission from account holders may be required
Contact our Benchmarking Support team: [email protected]If you need assistance setting up your property or meters in Portfolio Manager, you can contact the [email protected] at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) or visit the Benchmarking Coach program website for more information.