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
Do you need data from other utilities?
If your building receives energy from SoCalGas, contact them for more information on accessing your energy usage data for benchmarking.
State & Local Benchmarking Policies
Contact our Benchmarking Support team: [email protected]