Buildings 10,000 square feet or greater (including multifamily buildings of five or more units) now have until at least October 1, 2012 to comply with Seattle’s energy benchmarking and reporting program. In response to public input that more assistance and time is needed to comply, the City is evaluating the program and considering staggered reporting deadlines based on building size.
Even though there is now a six-month grace period, building owners are encouraged not to wait, as the response to the program has been strong. Free half-day workshops have been filled and attendance at weekly drop-in help has been high. While the utilities’ automated benchmarking services and the City’s other free resources are designed to make complying as easy as possible, energy efficiency service providers are available for those who would rather work with a professional. Visit www.neec.net/seattle-benchmarking-providers for a list of providers.
Benchmarking Education and Support
Upcoming Workshops: April 12th and 23rd. These hands-on computer-based workshops show owners how to start benchmarking. (More workshops will be scheduled this spring & summer.) Visit the website below for more details and registration.
Drop-In Help: Wednesdays at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 18th floor from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 1880.
Helpline: Email EnergyBenchmarking@seattle.gov or call (206) 727-8484 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
How To Guide: This free step-by-step guideto complying with the benchmarking requirements is available on the website.
More information is available at www.seattle.gov/dpd/EnergyBenchmarking.