Benchmarking regulations have been updated in California, affecting commercial and multifamily properties.
Building Energy Use Disclosure and Public Benchmarking Program mandated under Assembly Bill 802 was enacted beginning March 1, 2018.
The following covered buildings in California will be required to disclose their building(s) Energy Star score by utilizing Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) annually:
A covered building of any property type defined by ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager that has more than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area, and has:
- No active residential utility accounts, or
- Seventeen or more active residential utility accounts of each energy type serving the building.
What types of buildings are included?
- All commercial buildings containing over 50,000 square feet gross building area
- All multifamily complexes with 17 or more tenant units that are direct billed for energy
- The owner of a Disclosable Building with no residential utility accounts shall be required to disclose its energy use and Energy Star score by June 1, 2018, and annually thereafter. (Commercial only)
- The owner of any other Disclosable Building shall be required to disclose its energy use and Energy Star score by June 1, 2019, and annually thereafter. (Multifamily Residential)
AEI performs Energy Star benchmarking reports and much more. With respect to AB 802, AEI provides the following services:
- Gather required building information for inclusion into ESPM
- Obtain (or assist building owners in gathering) the required energy consumption for inclusion into ESPM
Submitting the required disclosure report and benchmarking score to the State through ESPM