Benchmarking Coach

Benchmarking is the process of measuring your building’s energy and water consumption and comparing it against past performance and to other similar buildings. Building owners and operators commonly use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, a free interactive software platform, to conduct benchmarking.

Need Help Benchmarking Your Building?

The Center for Sustainable Energy, on behalf of the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership, provides no-cost, one-on-one technical support to building owners and operators in San Diego County.

Our Benchmarking Coaches can help you

  • Create a Portfolio Manager account
  • Add properties to your Portfolio Manager account
  • Input energy and water consumption data
  • Share your data with other people and services
  • Set up automatic data transfer with SDG&E®
  • Generate reports on your property’s data

 Contact a Benchmarking Coach today to request assistance.

Why Benchmark?

It’s a best practice . . .

Forty percent of U.S. commercial building space is benchmarked in Portfolio Manager. By benchmarking, you can answer the following important questions.

  • How much do you spend on energy or water for each property, on a per-square-foot basis?
  • Are your properties more or less energy efficient than similar properties nationwide?
  • Which buildings should you prioritize for energy audits or retrofits?
  • Are energy efficiency improvements resulting in expected savings?
  • What is the carbon footprint of your properties?
  • Is your building eligible for ENERGY STAR® certification?

For many buildings, it will be a requirement . . .

Currently, the California Energy Commission is creating a statewide benchmarking and transparency program mandated by Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802), signed into law in 2015. Although the specifics are not yet final, the expectation is that the program will require owners of commercial, mixed-use and multifamily buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to report benchmarking metrics publicly on an annual basis using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. AB 802 also requires California utilities to provide aggregated whole-building energy usage information to building owners upon request starting January 1, 2017, subject to certain thresholds set by the number of accounts in commercial and multifamily properties.

This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.