Building Energy Performance Benchmarking
Effective April 1, 2014, the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (Chapter 9 of the San Francisco Environment Code) requires the owner of any commercial building with a gross area greater than 10,000 square feet to annually file an Annual Energy Benchmark Summary report and to obtain an energy efficiency audit every 5 years, Buildings with a gross area greater than 10,000 square feet and less than or equal to 49,999 square feet shall obtain a walkthrough audit that meets or exceeds the ASHRAE Level 1 audit standard. Buildings with a gross area greater than 50,000 square feet shall obtain a comprehensive audit that meets or exceeds the ASHRAE Level II Audit standard.
Exceptions to the Ordinance include buildings that are new or unoccupied, that have received an EPA ENERGY STAR® label for at least three of the last five years, or area LEED certified. Building owners are subject to administrative fines of up to $100 per day for a maximum of 25 days in one twelve-month period for each building in violation.
Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program (AB 1103)
Effective July 1, 2014, the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Program (also known as the AB 1103 regulation) requires that the owner of a nonresidential building with a gross footage of 5,000 square feet or more to benchmark and disclose the building’s energy use data prior to the sale, lease or financing of the entire building. The program covers the following building types: Assembly (A), Business (B), Educational (E), Institutional – Assisted Living (I-1) and Nonambulatory (I-2), Mercantile (M), Residential – Transient (R-1) (Hotels/Motels), Storage (S), and Utility – Parking Garage (U).
Teter Engineering can help you comply with Nonresidential Energy Use Disclosure Program by contacting the utilities for your energy use data and benchmarking your building’s energy use via the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. We can also assist you in resolving issues with missing data, obtaining data from building tenants, and estimating energy use if required.