— Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program Open House
Energy costs got you down? Come join the city’s Open House on October 17th and find out how to take a bite out of your energy bills. You’ll learn about:
- Free tools available to evaluate your building’s energy use
- Financial incentives for improving your building’s energy efficiency
- The city’s energy benchmarking and reporting program
You’ll also hear from other owners that have already taken the plunge into deep energy savings.
- Seattle City Light
- Puget Sound Energy
- Seattle Steam
- City Green Building
- 2030 District
- Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance/Better Bricks
- Seattle Climate Partnership
- Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
- US Environmental Protection Agency
Monday, October 17, 2011
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Presentation at 6:00 pm
Seattle City Hall
Bertha Landes Room
600 5th Avenue
Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program
The new legislation (Ordinance 123226) requires commercial and multifamily building owners to conduct annual energy performance tracking through the US EPA’s Energy Star free and secure online benchmarking tool, Portfolio Manager.
The Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance include three components:
Benchmarking Building owners are required to annually benchmark the energy performance of each of their buildings.
Upon request, building owners are required to release building energy performance information to any current or perspective tenant, buyer, or lender involved with a real estate transaction, a lease, or an application for financing or refinancing of the building.
Building owners must report annual energy performance data for each building to the City of Seattle through Portfolio Manager’s automated downloading service.
April 1, 2012 is the compliance deadline for buildings 10,000 – 50,000 square feet, including multifamily buildings with 5 units or more.
Many resources have been developed to assist building owners including a self-guided webinar, FAQ’s and a How to Benchmark Guide. Local utilities have simplified the benchmarking process and now offer automated benchmarking to transfer summarized building energy consumption data directly into a building owners Portfolio Manager account. This service eliminates time consuming monthly manual data updates.
To learn more go to: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/energybenchmarking