Thursday, November 29, 2012

San Francisco Sets Example by Publishing Energy Consumption Data for over 300 City Buildings

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has published a report detailing the energy performance of over 300 of San Francisco’s municipal facilities during the calendar year of 2011, including more than 37 million square feet of building area.

Please click here to review the publication.

As the owner and occupant of hundreds of buildings, the City and County of San Francisco has chosen to lead by example and provide transparency about its own operations. By compiling the data in this report for the first time and releasing it publicly, the City hopes individual departments obtain a fresh perspective on their own facilities, in order to track energy performance successes and help focus attention and resources on buildings that may benefit the most from energy-related improvements.

This benchmarking effort is part of the SFPUC’s larger energy efficiency and green building program. Indeed, the SFPUC has completed over 150 energy efficiency projects in municipal buildings, which are saving the City approximately $4.6M each year.

Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

The catalyst for producing this report is the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in February 2011.

The ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to annually benchmark and disclose the energy performance of their buildings, using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool to obtain ENERGY STAR ratings when possible.

2009 Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force - BOMA San Francisco's Involvement 

In February 2009, then Mayor Gavin Newsom created the Existing Buildings Efficiency Initiative Task Force (Task Force), co-chaired by BOMA San Francisco's 2013 president-elect Steven Ring, to recommend policies and actions to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings in San Francisco. The Task Force continued the work of the 2007 Green Buildings Task Force that was convened by the Mayor to develop expanded green building standards for major new private construction projects in San Francisco.

The Task Force report identified seven areas as key factors to improving energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings.  The Task Force's recommendations provided the framework for the City and County of San Francisco to introduce and enact the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.

BOMA San Francisco's applauds the City and County of San Francisco for leading municipalities in environmental sustainability and stewardship.  BOMA members look forward to partnering with the City of San Francisco achieve it's future environmental goals.  Indeed, the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance is a manifestation of a true private/public agency partnership.

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