What’s New in Energy Benchmarking in California?

Benchmarking Updates + Deadlines

Last year marked the first year of the statewide energy benchmarking assembly bill, AB 802. This year California building energy benchmarking continues to push the envelope with updates to AB 802’s implementation, two new municipal ordinances, and continued improvements in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley. Below is a summary of benchmarking ordinance deliverables and updates for 2019. If any of the deadlines for new ordinances have been passed, now is the time to engage the municipality and submit data asap.

Remember: All benchmarking ordinances in California are currently using the EnergyStar Portfolio Manager platform to submit annual consumption tracking data, and have some level of local and state alignment.

Healthy Buildings provides benchmarking support to over 600 buildings annually – including updates to Portfolio Manager building details and consumption tracking, benchmarking ordinance compliance, and annual EnergyStar certification site visits and application submittals. Reach out to our Energy VP Brian Wilson (bwilson@healthybuildings.com ) to request more information or a proposal.

California State Updates

Following the launch of AB 802 last year, this year’s submittal expands the covered building list by including multifamily buildings (17 units or larger, and over 50,000 square feet) to the buildings required to comply.

As a refresher, AB802 first required that statewide energy utilities provide a pathway for building owners and managers (and any vendors working on their behalf), to request whole building or aggregate annual energy data regardless of size for capital planning, reporting and investor disclosure purposes. The Assembly Bill also requires that utilities refresh their long-range energy forecasts every 3 years based on submitted consumption data.

What building owners and managers need to know:

  • Commercial and Multifamily buildings over 50,000 square feet are required to submit 2018 energy data using by June 1st, 2019
  • Exempt buildings include industrial, scientific experiments with controlled environments, and federally-owned and operated buildings
  • Energy data can be manually entered if bills are available, or can be requested in aggregate through your local utility without requesting data from tenants
  • Data is set to be disclosed in a public format starting in the fall of 2019 (metrics may include compliance status, EnergyStar score, energy intensity, and greenhouse gas emissions per address)

Find more information on California’s AB 802 website and Healthy Building’s 2018 blog.

Los Angeles Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance (EBEWE)

EBEWE has now been in place for two years, with each year requiring smaller buildings to comply. While the Prescriptive/Performance pathways for energy and water audits and Retro Commissioning (RCx) have been pushed back to a 2020 start date, annual benchmarking continues to widen the pool of covered buildings.

What building owners and managers need to know:

  • Commercial and multifamily buildings over 20,000 square feet (and municipal buildings over 7,500 sf) are required to submit 2018 energy and water data using by June 1st, 2019
  • Exempt buildings include federal or state-owned and operated buildings, studio and sound stages, and certain industrial spaces
  • Start planning for next year’s energy and water action items:
    • Performance Pathway | Buildings are exempt from energy and water audits or RCx if energy or water savings are documented:
      • 3 years of EnergyStar certification OR 15% energy savings over a 5-year period
      • 20% water savings over a 5-year period
    • Prescriptive Pathway | Buildings are required to document an energy and water audit or RCx within 5 years of your due date (based on the last digit of AIN)
    • See timeline for implementation here: https://www.betterbuildingsla.com/deadlines-and-penalties
  • Submittal to Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will be forwarded to the State, to ensure compliance with AB 802 and EBEWE with one submittal
  • Data is set to be disclosed to the public on an annual basis

Find more information on the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety website .

San Francisco’s Energy Consumption Benchmarking Ordinance (ECBO)

California’s most matured benchmarking ordinance continues with another year of implementation for both annual energy benchmarking and periodic energy assessments. Some key differences in San Francisco are that only commercial buildings are required to comply as well as buildings down to 10,000 square feet.

What building owners and managers need to know:

  • Commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet were required to submit 2018 energy data by April 1st, 2019
  • Exempted buildings include any building with even one residential unit or utility account, state and federal buildings, and certain industrial building types
  • Buildings are required to complete an energy assessment on a rolling 10-year cycle
    • Buildings 10,000 – 50,000 square feet are required to perform an ASHRAE Level I energy audit, while those over 50,000 square feet are required to procure an ASHRAE Level II energy audit
    • Buildings with three consecutive years of EnergyStar certification are exempt from this requirement
    • Energy audits are required to submit information in a dedicated format via the City of San Francisco’s portal (Healthy Buildings is an approved energy audit entity in SF and has submitted this information for many local buildings)
  • Submittal to SFEnvironment will be forwarded to the State, to ensure compliance with AB 802 and ECBO with one submittal

Find more information on the SFEnvironment website.

Berkeley’s Building Energy Service Ordinance (BESO)

One of California’s newer required annual ordinances, Berkeley has a long history of voluntary benchmarking and required data tracking during the point of sale. Annual energy data is being requested for compliance in a phased adoption based on building size and the timeline reflected below.

See Berkeley’s phase in table here: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/besoschedule/

What building owners and managers need to know:

  • Buildings over 25,000 square feet are required to submit 2018 energy and water data by July 1st2019
  • Energy audits are required to be completed by an approved local business (Healthy Buildings is a listed Berkeley energy audit resource and has submitted this information for many local buildings)
  • Submittal for BESO will be forwarded to the State, to ensure compliance with AB802 and BESO with one submittal

Find more information on the Berkeley website.

San Diego’s Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance (BEBO)

The first due date for San Diego’s new benchmarking ordinance is rapidly approaching. The ordinance requires most commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to submit annual whole-building energy data.

What building owners and managers need to know:

  • Commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet are required to submit 2018 energy data using by June 1st, 2019
  • Exempted buildings include federal and state owned buildings, MTS and City of San Diego School District buildings, as well as those exempted from the AB802 benchmarking requirements
  • Submittal for BEBO will be forwarded to the State, to ensure compliance with AB802 and BEBO with one submittal

Find more information on the City of San Diego website.

San Jose’s Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO)

On Dec. 11, 2018, the City of San José voted to adopt the Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO). This ordinance will help the City reach the greenhouse gas emission reduction and water conservation goals of Climate Smart San José.

What building owners and managers need to know:

  • Commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet are required to submit 2018 energy data using by June 1st, 2019
  • Buildings 20,000 sf and larger will be required to comply starting in 2020
  • The covered building list for San Jose can be found here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/83421
  • Submittal for BPO will be forwarded to the State, to ensure compliance with AB802 and BEBO with one submittal

Find more information on the  BPO website here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=6305

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