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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

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