The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance in Feb. 2011. The ordinance requires annual benchmarking, periodic energy audits and the public availability of benchmarking information for nonresidential and public buildings. It augments California law AB 802 which enacted a benchmarking and transparency program for non-residential and multifamily buildings in 2015. The ordinance is based on proposals by the Task Force on Existing Commercial Buildings, convened in 2009 by Mayor Gavin Newsome to develop and recommend actions to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, enhance electricity reliability and improve the competitiveness of commercial buildings in San Francisco. The Task Force included local commercial real estate owners, building operators, green building consultants, utilities and banks, and was advised by city and state policymakers. Non-residential buildings are to report benchmarking scores to the San Francisco Department of Environment (SFDOE) in the form of an Annual Energy Benchmark Summary. Annual reporting of benchmarking scores will occur on April 1st each year after the initial reporting deadline. The very first AEBS score was not made publicly available to give owners a chance to understand the process and improve performance.
|Building Types Affected||Size||Compliance Deadline|
|Non-Residential||Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet||2011-10-01|
|Non-Residential||Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet||2012-04-01|
|Non-Residential||Greater Than or Equal To 10,000 Sq. Feet||2013-04-01|
|Public/Government||Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet||2011-10-01|
|Public/Government||Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet||2012-04-01|
|Public/Government||Greater Than or Equal To 10,000 Sq. Feet||2013-04-01|