Benchmarking in the District

Benchmarking in the District: What you need to know for April 1, 2013

Benchmarking in the District: What you need to know for April 1, 2013

For the last few years, the DDOE (District Department of Energy) has been discussing and planning the implementation of the Energy Performance Benchmarking for Large Buildings in the private sector as part of the District’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act.   The time has come, the deadline is set: April 1, 2013.

All private buildings 100,000 sq. ft. and larger are required to report their energy consumption, water consumption, and space use for 2012 using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool by April 1, 2013.  Larger buildings are also required to submit some data for 2010 and 2011.  While the regulation states that this older information should be submitted 60 days after the final regulations were announced (which means they should be due March 19, 2013), DDOE has extended the deadline to April 1, 2013 for all data.

Due April 1, 2013:

Buildings 100,000 – 149,999 sq. ft.: data from 2012.
Buildings 150,000 – 199,999 sq. ft.: data from 2011 and 2012.
Buildings 200,000 sq. ft. and larger: data from 2010, 2011, and 2012.

* Note: Next year, April 1, 2014, buildings 50,000 sq. ft. and larger will need to submit data from 2013.

**DDOE has issued a list of all sites included for this  April 1, 2013 due date.  Check it out here. (Updated 3/7/2013)

Building Owners

You are responsible for gathering information from your non-residential tenants and/or your utility company.  You must gather information on space use and energy and water consumption.  You must request this information by February 1 every year.

Even if you do not receive all of the information from your tenants after you have made the request and a reasonable effort to obtain it, you are still responsible for submitting the information that you have.  A partial submission is usually better than no submission.  If you do not submit your information, you are subject to fines (up to $100 a day).

Non-residential Tenants

You are responsible for providing the information requested by the building owner within 30 days of that request.  Even if you are subleasing your space, you are responsible for obtaining and relaying that information to the building owner.  If you do not submit your information, you are subject to fines (up to $100 a day).

W. L. Gary and EnergyPrint Can Help

There is a lot of information to gather and to keep track of throughout the year.  As an energy solutions provider we can not only help you find ways to reduce your energy consumption, but we can also help you track and monitor your energy consumption.  In partnership with EnergyPrint, we can get you set up with an online energy dashboard that works directly with utility companies to input your information and keep it updated.  EnergyPrint also links with ENERGY STAR’s portfolio manager, so you can feel confident that you’re information is up to date and accurate for the  April 1 deadline every year.

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