UPDATE - September 6, 2011
Please click here for a helpful overview of the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance from the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Thank you to Mr. Barry Hooper who delivered this helpful guide to the members of BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee today.
UPDATE - August 19, 2011
PG&E is holding a free workshop on November 1, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Pacific Energy Center that will provide BOMA members with the information they need in order to be in compliance with the Existing Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance, which takes effect in October 2011.
- A summary/overview of the new law and answers to frequently asked questions;
- Questions to consider;
- Explanation of audits, benchmarking and much more!
- Increased the minimum square footage of buildings required to comply from 5,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. (Section 2002, line 8);
- As described in Section 2004(a), for buildings submitting their benchmarking data for the first time, a window of time was added between when they are required to submit their data and when the data is made public. This will allow some time for the facility to review and ensure the accuracy of the data before it is posted;
- Section 2006 was added to clarify compliance requirements for municipal buildings;
- The benchmarking requirements are much the same as those for commercial buildings, the primary exception being allowing the City to use a benchmarking tool other than Energy Star Portfolio Manager if it deems another tool to be more relevant for municipal buildings, as long as it provides the same type of data (Portfolio Manager is currently quite limited in the types of buildings it has categories for, and does not include many municipal building types, ie fire stations, etc.).
- However, because the City owns over 1,000 buildings and it would be impractical to expect the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to conduct energy audits in all of those buildings in the timeline required in Section 2004(b), this section allows the SFPUC to elect to develop a compliance plan, to be submitted by July 1, 2011, to develop protocols and a compliance timeline for conducting energy audits in municipal buildings. The expectation is that the SFPUC will perform 20-30 municipal energy audits per year.
- An exception was added for unoccupied buildings (Section 2008(c)(2));
- Administrative fines were revised as described in Section 2009(b).