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Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance


On Dec. 11, 2018, the City of San José voted to adopt the Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO). This ordinance will help the City reach the greenhouse gas emission reduction and water conservation goals of Climate Smart San José.

The Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance builds on existing state law (CA Assembly Bill 802). It requires commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet and over to track their yearly whole building energy and water usage data with the EPA platform ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and share this data with the City. The City will publish a subset of summary data to support market transparency and recognize high-performing buildings across San José.

postponed - Upcoming Reporting Deadlines

[UPDATED] July 1, 2020 – All covered buildings 20,000 square feet and over must submit benchmarking reports with complete 2019 calendar year data to comply with the ordinance.

All covered building must also submit a $150 reporting fee, for which the invoices have been sent by mail. Please email if you did not receive your invoice or wish to update your mailing information. You can view a sample invoice here for reference. 


  • Verify whether your building is required to comply by reviewing the Covered Buildings List - This list includes building addresses and tax assessor parcel numbers to help you find your Building Reporting IDs for those buildings needing to comply. Your Building ID will be used to track compliance over time and is required for reporting purposes. If you do not see your building on our list, you may still be covered by the BPO. Please contact the BPO Hotline if you need help determining whether your building is covered or exempt.
  • Review our Compliance Checklist for step-by-step instructions on how to comply.

Additional Resources


Education and Training

The City hosts regular webinars and office hours to help you comply

Webinar Schedule

Webinar: How to Comply with the BPO
Thursday, May 21, 2020
10 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Here

Webinar: How to Comply with the BPO
Thursday, June 4, 2020
10 – 11:00 a.m.
Register Here

Watch previous "About the BPO" webinar recording

Watch previous "How to Comply" webinar recording 

Office Hours

Office hours are held at San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara St.


Office hours are cancelled until further notice.


Third-Party Resources
Resource Description
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® Contains how-to videos, glossaries, and technical resources for using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®

Pacific Gas and Electric Benchmarking Features a “How to Benchmark Your Building” Guide, detailing the steps for obtaining aggregated whole building data for benchmarking

For additional PG&E benchmarking support:
1-800-743-6617 (option 3)
If you need to request monthly water-consumption data for your building, you first need to identify which water retailer serves your building address, then contact the appropriate company below:
Water Providers San Jose Water Company (408) 279-7900
San José Municipal Water (408) 535-3500  --
Great Oaks Water Company (408) 227-9540

Future Requirements

Starting in 2021, if a building demonstrates that it meets key performance standards through yearly benchmarking, it may submit a Performance Verification Report. If a building is not able to meet these standards, it can perform an energy audit, retuning, or targeted efficiency upgrade to improve performance. Information regarding these additional requirements will be available in mid-2020.

Learn more about the development of this ordinance.

Still have questions? We can help!

Email San José Energy Benchmarking Help Center at or call us at (408) 975-2540.