Archives: benchmarking

Denver May Track Building Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

The Denver City Council’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness subcommittee moved forward with an ordinance that would require commercial and multifamily buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to measure and report energy use, according to Denverite. The proposal is slated for a vote of the full city council on Dec. 19. The story says that   …Continue Reading


New York City Study Conclusion: Benchmarking Works

Carl Weinschenk

Researchers found that simply informing owners of how their buildings are performing results in improvements in energy efficiency and greater use of renewables.


Behind the Meter: The Many Advantages of Energy Benchmarking

Carl Weinschenk

EnergyScorecardsMinnesota was a Web-based energy and water benchmarking and tracking initiative that focused on managers and owners of multifamily premises. More than 550 buildings participated. The goals of the study were to demonstrate benchmarking, study its impact on the buildings and explore how property owners and managers used the data. It was a collaborate effort   …Continue Reading


Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Training (Part 2 of 2)

Linda Hardesty

In partnership with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Benchmarking Energy Working Group provides details on how to use ENERGY STAR Porfolio Manager to comply with the City’s energy benchmarking ordinance; how to request whole building energy use information from the utilities; how to work with a recognized professional to verify building data; and how   …Continue Reading


Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Training (Part 1 of 2)

Linda Hardesty

In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted a building energy use benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents. In 2014, more than 340 buildings spanning 260 million square feet benchmarked, verified, and reported   …Continue Reading


Truly Transparent Benchmarking Data

Linda Hardesty

Since 2009, New York Local Law 84 mandates that owners of New York City’s large buildings submit benchmarking reports of their energy and water use. Now, the New York City non-profit Urban Green Council is taking the city’s energy benchmarking data and organizing it into a user-friendly website – Metered New York. Although the benchmarking   …Continue Reading


5 Groups Honored for Energy Efficiency in Salt Lake City

Linda Hardesty

In May 2014, Salt Lake City launched a yearly competition – Project Skyline – that challenges building owners to proactively meet and exceed the energy-saving targets of the Mayor’s Sustainable Salt Lake Plan 2015 and reduce citywide building energy use by 15 percent by 2020. The 2015 Award Winners are: Energy Innovator Award: Basic Research,   …Continue Reading


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