Large Commercial and Multifamily Building Energy Benchmarking Now Required in City of San Diego
Deadline is Sept 1.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
by: Contributed by Craig Benedetto, Legislative Advocate

Section: News

In Feb. 2019, the City of San Diego has adopted a Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance that requires all building owners and managers with commercial and multifamily buildings greater than 50,000 square feet within San Diego City jurisdiction to report their whole-building energy use to the city by June 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the City is allowing building owners to submit energy data until Sept. 1. 

In 2017, the California Energy Commission required building owners and operators statewide to report annually the energy use of large commercial buildings to the commission under Assembly Bill 802.  

Benchmarking is a best practice in building management that allows owners to track consumption, including energy, water, waste and materials and compare a building’s performance against its past consumption and to other similar buildings nationwide. Certain conditions and circumstances may allow building owners to be granted exemptions from the city’s benchmarking requirements. 

The city hosts numerous workshops and training to help prepare building owners and managers to comply with the new benchmarking requirements. Learn about upcoming training and get additional information and resources here or send an email here with any questions.

For information on the California Energy Commission benchmarking program, click here.