Monday, April 1, 2019

UPDATE: Changes to San Francisco's Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance - Amendments to Meet State Standards; Will Include Multifamily Residential Buildings

UPDATE - April 1, 2019

This law requires owners of certain commercial buildings to conduct energy efficiency audits of their properties and file annual energy benchmark summaries for their buildings with the Department of Environment. It also requires the Department of Environment to gather and make available to the public summary statistics about the energy performance of these buildings. In 2015, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 802, which requires statewide mandatory benchmarking and public disclosure for large commercial buildings as well as multifamily residential buildings.

Amendments to Current Law

An ordinance to amend the current law to meet or exceed AB 802 standards will, if enacted, amend the Environment Code to require large multifamily residential buildings and certain commercial buildings to measure and disclose energy performance data to the Department of Environment and for such data to be made publicly available. The required reporting will either meet or exceed State law requirements and obviate the need for building owners to report directly to State authorities.


Click here to review the proposal. Please email with any questions you may have. Members of BOMA San Francisco's Energy & Environment Committee have reviewed the measure.

If you have multifamily residential buildings in your portfolio or have any issues with the updated language within the proposal, please note that this measure is scheduled to be heard today at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee.



UPDATE - January 29, 2016

Recently, the BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee held a meeting where a representative from the San Francisco Department of the Environment presented a summary of the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance since its inception.

The goals of this report are to inform industry stakeholders, highlight trends in the local market, and provide recommendations for policy and efficient operations. 

Commercial buildings subject to San Francisco’s energy benchmarking and audit requirements between 2010 and 2014 have demonstrated positive economic and environmental trends: 
  • Energy use has decreased by 7.9 percent and source emissions have decreased by 17 percent among properties that consistently comply. 
  • Energy audits for over 800 buildings have identified $60.6 million in opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency investments, with a net present value of $170 million.

Original Post - March 24, 2014

Our partner in environmental sustainability, the San Francisco Department of Environment (DOE) has provided compliance data for the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.
Please note that 'Benchmark 2012 Status' refers to the benchmark reports due in 2013 about energy use in 2012, and 'Energy Audit Status' is if an energy audit had come due, was it submitted?

Questions?  Please contact or (415) 355-3700

About the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

This data is available, as required, by 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 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 its members and the City and County of San Francisco for leading  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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