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Benchmarking & Transparency Policy Evaluation
Energy and Water Benchmarking and Transparency Policy Development
Per CA AB 802, commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to benchmark their energy use through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) free online platform, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Commercial reporting to the California Energy Commission will begin in April 2018, and multifamily reporting to the California Energy Commission will begin in April 2019.

What we are doing
Like many other cities in California, and around the United States, San José is evaluating the adoption of its own local benchmarking and transparency policy, to further the local impacts of AB 802. As part of these efforts, we are convening a task force to collect stakeholder feedback and examine potential policy options.

Why it’s important
San José is developing a plan that will provide direction on community-wide initiatives to achieve a sustainable water supply and meet greenhouse gas reduction goals, with a focus on emissions from mobility and energy usage.

Benchmarking is an easy way for buildings to measure and manage their energy and water use over time. With Energy Star Portfolio Manager, building owners and operators can compare their buildings to others with similar uses in similar climate zones and may receive a benchmarking score (1-100). More efficient buildings receive higher benchmarking scores, and contribute greatly to community-wide greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

Scheduled Task Force Meetings

Task Force Meeting 1: Overview of building benchmarking and EPA’s EnergyStar Portfolio Manager, examining San José’s building stock
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San José, CA 95133

Task Force Meeting 2: Data access, privacy, and disclosure issues
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San José, CA 95133

Task Force Meeting 3: Examining policy structure and strategies, reporting process, and compliance
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San José, CA 95133

Task Force Meeting 4: Implementation and enforcement, education and workforce trainings
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San José, CA 95133

Task Force Meeting 5: Final workshop
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: San José Environmental Innovation Center
1608 Las Plumas Ave, San José, CA 95133

Schedule is subject to change and will be updated frequently. For questions about how to participate or to provide comments, please email us.