Utility resources for local governments and their jurisdictions:
- PG&E’s Benchmarking page and How to Benchmarking Your Building guide provide access to training and support
- SoCal Gas’s Benchmarking page and How to Benchmark Your Building guide provide access to training and support
- SCE’s Benchmarking page provides a step-by-step walkthrough to benchmarking. Or, get special information on benchmarking and data access for local governments here.
- SDG&E’s Benchmarking page, benchmarking fact sheet, and Step-by-Step Guide.
Benchmarking through EPA Portfolio Manager
Search this site for the latest posted resources from EPA Portfolio Manager: including, webinars, trainings, and guides.
CEC resources and updates on benchmarking requirements
AB 802 (passed 2015) requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish a building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure program for certain buildings. Follow on the CEC’s Building Energy Use Benchmarking and Public Disclosure Program webpage – or sign up for benchmarking updates.
Example California local government benchmarking reports
Publications and other resources
- A study from the Institute for Market Transformation on the Benefits of Benchmarking Building Performance;
- Get an overview of why benchmarking benefits everyone from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC);
- Check out NYC’s water and energy benchmarking map;
- A study from CSE: Energy Benchmarking and Transparency: A review of national best practices, California policies and energy efficiency opportunities for the San Diego Unified Port District;
- A report on the City and County of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO) reviewed the ordinance compliance, energy use by building, and savings that could be attributed from 2010-2014. The report’s findings, which include a 7.9% reduction in energy use during those years, and a net present value of $170 million in energy savings opportunities, are valuable data and a great resource to local governments and real estate and building professionals alike.
- A report from Resources for the Future (RFF), Does Information Provision Shrink the Energy Efficiency Gap?: A Cross-City Comparison of Commercial Building Benchmarking and Disclosure Laws
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