BuildingRating

Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

California

Sacramento, Calif., photo by Andrew Zarivny
Policy Description:

The state of California passed Assembly Bill 802 in September 2015. The law requires the California Energy Commission to adopt regulations providing for public transparency of benchmarking energy use data for commercial and multifamily buildings.  The law also require that utilities by January 1, 2017 provide whole-building aggregated energy use data to owners of commercial buildings with three or more active utility accounts and to owners of multifamily buildings with five or more accounts.

In 2008 the state of California passed AB 758 calling for the development of a statewide effort to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings, including a California-specific building performance rating and labeling program. The state-wide program compliments an annual benchmarking policy for commercial buildings in San Francisco.

Enacted Date:
2015
Authority in Charge:
California Energy Commission
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet
Multi-Family Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet
Number of Buildings Affected:
13,600
Floor Area Affected:
347,000,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Recipients:
Government, Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Point of Transaction
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
No

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Additional Program Information:
Water Use Tracking:
No