San Francisco Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance

Energy Usage Benchmarking

San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, adopted in 2011, requires owners of commercial buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. to complete energy benchmarking for these buildings annually using EPA’s free Energy Star Portfolio Manager online tool.

Building owners must electronically disclose a report of the key results to tenants and to the Department of Environment, which will make them public beginning with the second year results are submitted.  The law is being implemented on a rolling basis over a 3 year period.

Energy Auditing

Under this law (which appears in Chapter 20 of the San Francisco Environment Code), non-residential buildings must obtain energy audits that exceed ASHRAE Level I (for buildings 10,000 – 49,999 square feet) or Level II standards (for buildings 50,000 square feet or larger) every five years, using energy auditors who meet qualifications set forth in the ordinance, and must submit a confirmation of compliance within 12 months of notification that the audit is due.  For large commercial buildings, retro-commissioning is permitted and encouraged in lieu of the energy audit to insure that building systems are operating as they should

Experience You Can Trust

The Association for Energy Affordability has over 20 years of experience providing energy audits, inspections, energy usage monitoring and analysis, construction management, and other assessments in large buildings with central systems.  AEA can provide all of the services necessary to ensure that your buildings are in compliance and are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. AEA is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization  that acts as an owner’s representative to identify energy efficiency opportunities from audit and specification through installation, commissioning or new or upgraded systems, or retro-commissioning of your current systems.

Useful Links:

To read the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report 2010 – 2014, click here

To view an overview of the ordinance, click here.

The San Francisco Department of the Environment has developed an excellent document outlining building owners’ obligations under the law. Click here  to download a copy.


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