Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

St. Louis

Policy Description:

On January 30, 2017 St. Louis, Missouri adopted the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, requiring owners of large buildings to measure and report the energy and water use of their properties. 

The ordinance addresses energy use in existing municipal, commercial, and multifamily residential buildings greather than or equal to 50,000 square feet. Under the ordinance, these building owners will be required to track whole-building energy and water use and report it to the city annually.

Participating buildings will be phased in, starting with municipal buildings greater than or equal to 50,000 square feet reporting for the first time by December 31, 2017 and then every April 1 thereafter. Private commercial and multifamily residential buildings greater than or equal to 50,000 square feet must report by April 1, 2018 and every every April 1 thereafter. 

Under the legislation, owners of the designated buildings will be required to annually benchmark and report to the city their properties’ energy use via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. That reported benchmarking data will be made available to the public on a phased schedule starting in 2018.

Enacted Date:
Authority in Charge:
St. Louis Building Division
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2017-12-31
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2018-04-01
An extension of the benchmarking submission date or an exemption from the benchmarking requirements to the owner of a covered property that submits a request, together with documentation in a form prescribed by the Commissioner's rule, at least thirty days prior to any benchmarking submission deadline, establishing any of the following criteria: 1) The property does not have a certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy for all 12 months of the calendar year being benchmarked. 2) A demolition permit was issued during the prior calendar year, provided that demolition work has commenced and energy-related systems have been significantly compromised. 3) The covered property had average physical occupancy of less than 50 percent throughout the calendar year for which benchmarking is required. 4) The Commissioner determines that, due to special circumstances unique to the applicant's facility and not based on a condition caused by actions of the applicant, strict compliance with provisions of this ordinance would cause financial hardship or would not be in the public interest. 5) The property is primarily used for manufacturing or other industrial purposes for which benchmarking results would not meaningfully reflect covered property energy use characteristics due to the intensive use of process energy. 6) The owner is unable to benchmark due to the failure of either a utility or a tenant (or both) to report the information necessary for the owner to complete any benchmarking submittal requirement. 7) The property is primarily multifamily residential, it is not master metered, and the serving electric utility does not provide data aggregation services or access to whole-building utility data. Once such services are available from the utility, as determined by the director, such buildings will no longer be exempt from benchmarking requirements, and shall file initial benchmarking reports in the first required reporting year following such data availability.
Required Transparency:
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Required Reporting:

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:


The owner of a covered property shall run all data through all data quality assurance tools within the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and correct all missing or incorrect information identified by the tool.


Compliance Enforcement:
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
If benchmarking information is not reported within 60 days after a written warning is issued, the owner is subject to a fine of at least $50 and not more than $200. Each day of the violation is a separate offense. Cumulative fine cannot exceed $1,000.
Additional Program Information:
Water Use Tracking: