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Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Berkeley Building Zaentz Media CenterBenchmarking Buildings & Berkeley's Energy Smart Awards  

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:

  • Track how much energy your building uses
  • Compare your building's energy consumption with similar buildings
  • Lower utility bill costs & the carbon emissions of your building
  • Stay ahead of the curve in complying with the benchmarking & disclosure requirements of California Assembly Bill 1103
  • Receive recognition through Berkeley's Energy Smart Awards Program 

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 one-on-one technical assistance, contact

 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.

4. Be Recognized. Submit the Energy Smart Awards Application and a copy of the Statement of Energy Performance Report. Email the Application and Report to:

Berkeley Energy Smart Awards: Berkeley gave out energy leadership awards through the Energy Smart Awards program to businesses and building owners who benchmark 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.     



2014 Energy Smart Award Winners: The following 29 entities were recognized for their dedication to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship: 




2150 Shattuck & Beacon Ventures

City of Berkeley

Meyer Sound Laboratories

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

David Brower Center

Resources for Community Development

Ashby Stage- Shotgun Players

Double Tree Hotel

Safeway Inc.

Bancroft Hotel

Ed Roberts Campus

Sawtooth Building

Bayer HealthCare

Golden Bear Center- UC Berkeley

Square One Management

Berkeley Bowl

Graduate Theological Union

Wareham Development

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Grocery Outlet

Wells Fargo Building & Bollibokka Shattuck

Berkeley City College

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Whole Foods Market

Berkeley Unified School District

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

YMCA- PG&E Teen Center

Berkwood Hedge School

LJ Kruse Company

For more information or questions, contact  



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