Berkeley Building Zaentz Media CenterBenchmarking Buildings

How does your building rate? Get an ENERGY STAR® benchmarking score to find out how energy efficient your building is relative to other buildings. Benchmarking helps building owners, managers, facility staff and tenants better understand how to manage energy use and save money on monthly utility bills. 

Why benchmark? Benchmarking uses ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager software, developed by the EPA, to track energy use in a building. It is the first step to making buildings more energy efficient. By paying attention to operations and looking for opportunities to lower energy consumption, you can save money. Benchmarking allows you to:

Benchmark your building! Commercial and public building owners, managers and major tenants can participate. Here are the steps: 

1. Add your property. Benchmark your building with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, an easy-to-use online tool. Add basic information about your property such the square footage and operating hours. For assistance, contact beso@cityofberkeley.info

 2. Get Energy Data. Sign-up with PG&E Benchmarking Web Services to release your data and have your data automatically uploaded to Portfolio Manager. You will need to know all of your meter numbers (which can be found on the bill).

3.  View Results and Progress. See trends and track energy use. View the Statement of Energy Performance Report to see how your building rates and get your score, based on a 1-100 scale.

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Berkeley Energy Smart Awards: Berkeley gave out energy leadership awards through the 2014 Energy Smart Awards program to businesses and building owners who benchmarked their building's energy use. Energy Smart Award participants received personalized energy reports on energy saving opportunities, apples-to-apples building ratings compared with the energy performance of similar buildings in similar climates across the country, and an award.   

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