Energy Benchmarking

What is benchmarking?

Energy benchmarking is tracking a building’s energy and water use, then using a standard metric to compare the building’s performance against past performance and to its peers nationwide. These comparisons have been shown to drive energy efficiency upgrades and increase occupancy rates and property values. Rising energy costs mean that energy now represents a significant portion of operating budgets for buildings across the nation.

Purpose

The purpose of the program is to help raise awareness and encourage building owners find ways to increase energy efficiency and reduce consumption of energy in existing nonresidential buildings across the state of California.

Compliance with California Assembly Bill 1103

If you answer YES to ALL of the following questions, then you must generate a disclosure report.

  • Is the nonresidential building being offered for sale or is the entire building subject to a lease with a new lessee or to new financing or refinancing?
  • Is the gross square footage of the nonresidential building at least 10,000 square feet for transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2014 or 5,000 square feet for transactions occurring on or after July 1, 2014? 
  • Is the nonresidential building one of the following types?
    (
    Assembly (A), Business (B), or Educational (E)) 

Getting started

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created an online benchmarking tool called the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. This is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption for your building or across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. The EPA has developed a Benchmarking Starter Kit to help you get started quickly. EPA offers free webinars to help you through the process. For questions on Portfolio Manager, refer to ENERGY STAR's online Help and FAQ or contact buildings@energystar.gov.

Upon request, Turlock Irrigation District will provide you with a 12-month historical kWh usage profile for you to upload into Portfolio Manager. To request this historical data, send an e-mail to CustomerService@tid.org.  Include the account number(s) and service address(s) for each meter you are requesting. If you are not an authorized representative of the Customer of Record for the account(s) that are required to benchmark your facility, have an authorized party complete and sign this Authorization to Release Utility Information form.