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Chicago Extends Energy Benchmarking Deadline

Linda Hardesty

A posting on WegoWise’s blog site says the city of Chicago has extended its energy benchmarking compliance deadline for buildings by two months, from June 1 to August 1, 2015. Chicago’s law requires owners of commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet to track and verify energy consumption using the EPA’s Portfolio Manager. The requirement began   …Continue Reading


Energy Benchmarking Lags in Denver Without Mandatory Requirement

Linda Hardesty

Denver does not have mandatory energy benchmarking, but it does have the Denver City Energy Project, which promotes voluntary benchmarking of buildings. To date, the benchmarking program has enrolled 85 buildings, representing 17.7 million square feet of commercial and multi-family buildings in Denver.  The owners and managers of these buildings are benchmarking their buildings’ energy   …Continue Reading


Kansas City Requires Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed an Energy Empowerment Ordinance addressing energy use in existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings. Under the ordinance, building owners will be required to track whole-building energy and water use and report it to the city annually. Participating buildings will be phased in, starting with municipal buildings over   …Continue Reading


Delaware Systematically Benchmarks Energy in State Buildings

Linda Hardesty

In 2009 Delaware adopted EPA’s Portfolio Manager as its primary mechanism to create an inventory of state buildings and to began tracking their energy performance. With Portfolio Manager the state has a single repository of energy performance data to identify building upgrades with the highest potential for energy savings. Because the state’s building data had   …Continue Reading


NY Buildings Reduce Energy Usage 5.7% Since Benchmarking Law Enacted

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department has released two resources to help stakeholders analyze the energy, non-energy, and market transformation impacts of building energy benchmarking policies and programs. The first is a handbook that provides methodologies for jurisdictions to use to analyze the impact of their benchmarking policies and programs. The second resource demonstrates the methodologies using real   …Continue Reading


Urjanet Partners with ENERGY STAR on Portfolio Manager

Linda Hardesty

Urjanet is partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program to enable energy managers to integrate their utility bill data directly into Portfolio Manager. Before the EPA released Portfolio Manager’s REST-based API in July 2013, some users with large building portfolios found that getting their energy data into Portfolio Manager via manual data   …Continue Reading


Not So Fast: Energy Benchmarking in Kansas City

Linda Hardesty

Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James is sponsoring an ordinance to require mandatory energy benchmarking in the city, but he is getting blowback from building owners, reports the Kansas City Star. Building owners are voicing their opposition to the plan via the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan Kansas City, which represents commercial buildings. A   …Continue Reading


Atlanta Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed legislation to undertake a series of measures, including energy benchmarking and audits, to boost efficiency in its commercial buildings. Under the Atlanta Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance, the city will collect energy benchmarking data and require periodic energy audits and potential improvements to existing building equipment and functions. Using   …Continue Reading


Portland Likely to Require Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Portland City Council held a hearing last week on a new Energy Performance Reporting Policy and will make a decision whether to approve it on April 22. A spokesman for the city said, “it looks positive” that the new mandated energy reporting for commercial buildings will be approved. If so, Portland will become the   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Rating Drops, Says DC Buildings’ Benchmarking Report

Linda Hardesty

The District of Columbia recently released its second batch of data from its mandatory energy benchmarking, showing that the median Energy Star score for buildings dropped slightly. The first benchmarking report, covering private commercial buildings during 2012, found a median Energy Star score of 77 out of 100. But the median reported Energy Star score for private   …Continue Reading