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Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure

The first critical steps to understanding and reducing your building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.

An increasing number of state and federal regulations mandate energy benchmarking and disclosure of energy ratings during lease, lending, and sale transactions for various commercial, multifamily, and government buildings. Mandatory energy benchmarking and disclosure aims to improve transparency of the housing market and encourage green building upgrades and practices.

Benchmarking is the process of measuring, comparing, and tracking your energy and water consumption. It is a critical step to understanding and reducing a facility’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. Benchmarking allows a building owner and manager to accomplish three things:

  1. Measure a building’s current performance by quantifying key performance metrics such as energy consumption, energy cost, emissions, or ENERGY STAR rating.
  2. Compare a building’s key performance metrics to similar buildings to determine a building’s cost reduction, energy reduction, or green label potential.
  3. Track improvements to key performance metrics as projects are implemented and determine if goals are being met.

Partner’s Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Services

Partner provides benchmarking services and works with clients to comply with energy disclosure laws and regulations. We are familiar with the full spectrum of current and planned regulations and the specific requirements for each.

Our certified staff will collect and analyze utility data using EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager and our own proprietary modeling software to develop a comprehensive summary of key performance metrics. Clients are able to compare these figures to those of similar buildings, which can provide an understanding of a building’s relative energy performance and efficiency.

Benchmarking and Disclosure Laws

Several local jurisdictions in the U.S. have adopted energy disclosure laws making benchmarking mandatory for numerous commercial, multifamily, and government buildings. The specific requirements of these policies vary from one jurisdiction to the next and are also subject to change.

In California, Assembly Bill 1103 (AB1103) was passed in November 2007, mandating energy benchmarking and energy disclosure for non-residential buildings. The bill requires non-residential building owners to input energy consumption and other building data into the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager system, which generated an energy efficiency rating for the building. Any building applying for the ENERGY STAR label must have their data certified by a licensed professional engineer. AB1103 is set to be implemented in January 2014.

Click here for a summary and description of benchmarking and disclosure laws in the U.S. that are currently enacted or planned.

To learn more about energy disclosure mandates for commercial properties click here.