The ENERGY STAR beat; EPA shutdown, certifications, and benchmarking mandates
With the longest government shutdown in U.S. history behind us, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is back online and most city/state benchmarking mandates are back on schedule. However, ENERGY STAR certifications are still on hold as the EPA continues to evaluate their scoring models.
ENERGY STAR certifications
In August 2018, the ENERGY STAR scores of many building types dropped as part of EPA's regular cycle of updating energy performance metrics in Portfolio Manager. While scores changed across the board, some markets were disproportionately impacted.
The EPA has placed a hold on ENERGY STAR certifications for most property types (e.g., office, retail, hotels, warehouses) while they analyze industry feedback on the scoring changes and determine if adjustments need to be made. The government shutdown has prolonged this process.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is used for every major benchmarking mandate across the country and the list keeps on growing. Aside from the City of Seattle, all mandates appear to be back on schedule (see table below). If you need benchmarking support, Breea can help you navigate the specifics.
|City/State||Property Types Required||Deadline||Link to Full Details|
|Atlanta||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Atlanta Building Efficiency|
|Berkeley||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.||July 1st||BESO Ordinance|
|Boston||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 35,000 sq. ft.||May 15th||Boston BERDO Ordinance|
|Boulder||Nonresidential buildings ≥ 30,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Boulder Building Performance|
|California (state-wide)||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Building Energy Benchmarking Program|
|Cambridge||Nonresidential buildings ≥ 35,000 sq. ft.; multifamily buildings ≥ 50 dwellings||May 1st||Cambridge BEUDO Ordinance|
|Chicago||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Chicago Energy Benchmarking|
|Denver||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Energize Denver|
|District of Columbia||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||April 1st||DOEE Benchmarking|
|Kansas City||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||May 1st||Energy Empowerment|
|Los Angeles||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 20,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||LA EBEWE|
|Minneapolis||Nonresidential buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Minneapolis Ordinance|
|New York City||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.||May 1st||Local Law 84|
|Orlando||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||May 1st||Orlando BEWES|
|Philadelphia||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||June 30th||Philadelphia Benchmarking|
|Pittsburgh||Nonresidential buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||June 1st||Pittsburgh Benchmarking|
|Portland||Nonresidential buildings ≥ 20,000 sq. ft.||April 22nd||Portland Performance Reporting|
|Salt Lake City||Nonresidential buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||May 1st (may be extended)||SLC Elevate Buildings|
|San Jose||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||May 1st||San Jose Building Performance Ordinance|
|Seattle||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 20,000 sq. ft.||July 1st (extended from Apr 1)||Seattle Energy Benchmarking|
|St. Louis||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.||May 1st||St. Louis Building Energy Awareness|
|San Francisco||Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 10,000 sq. ft.||April 1st||SF Environment Benchmarking|