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Notice to building owners - July 1 is deadline for San José Energy and Water Building Performance!

The May 1 deadline was extended due to COVID-19, but reporting is due soon

Post Date:06/18/2020 3:13 PM

The annual reporting deadline for the San José Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO) is coming up quickly.  Due to COVID-19, this year’s deadline was extended until July 1, 2020.  In future years, the deadline will return to May 1.

In alignment with the City’s climate action plan, Climate Smart San José, the BPO can help large commercial and multifamily building owners to more easily track building energy and water usage over time, identify opportunities for increased efficiency, save on utility costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Through a phased-in approach, this ordinance requires owners of large commercial and multifamily buildings that are 20,000 square feet or more in size to track building energy and water usage, using the free U.S. Environmental Protection Agency platform, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. On an annual basis, building owners or authorized agents need to submit a benchmarking report through Portfolio Manager to the City, which will then publish community-wide statistics from all buildings covered by the BPO.

The specific requirements for compliance this year are as follows:

  • Benchmarking report, submitted through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, including all building electricity, gas and water usage from calendar year 2019
  • $150 benchmarking report submission fee – payment invoices were sent by mail in March to all Covered Buildings with instructions on how to submit payment

To find out more information about the BPO, please visit  There, you can view our Covered Buildings List, detailed compliance instructions, and our exemption and extension request forms.

If you need additional assistance in complying, please reach out to the Benchmarking Help Desk at

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