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Los Angeles EBEWE

NOTICE - Effective August 13, 2021

Your EBEWE Benchmarking Reports for 2019 and 2020 as well as the Energy and Water Audit and Retro-commissioning that were due December 1st, 2021 for buildings with their ID ending in 0 or 1 have been deferred until further notice.

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Los Angeles Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance

The Los Angeles Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance applies to all commercial, residential (including condominiums), and industrial buildings (including parking structures) 20,000 square feet and larger, except as noted below.

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EBEWE BENCHMARKING in Los Angeles, CA

BENCHMARKING EXCEPTIONS

There are some exceptions from benchmarking. The ordinance shall not apply to:

1. One-and two-family dwellings and related accessory structures;

2. Residential hotels as defined by the California Health and Safety Code;

3. Broadcast antennas, vehicle charging stations, utility pumping stations, and treatment facilities;

4. Sound stages and structures are used primarily for the production and post-production of motion pictures and television.

BENCHMARKING EXEMPTIONS

The owner of a building shall be exempt from filing a benchmarking report for a reporting year if any of the following conditions apply:

1. The building did not have a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the entire calendar year required to be benchmarked;

2. The entire building was not occupied, due to renovation, for the entire calendar year required to be reported;

3. The demolition permit for the entire building has been issues and demolition work has commenced on or before the date the benchmark report is due for that calendar year;

4. The building did not receive energy or water services for the entire calendar year required to be benchmarked.

The ordinance requires reporting on both energy and water consumption. If your report is in compliance with the City of Los Angeles, it will fulfill the requirements of the State of California’s AB 802 benchmarking ordinance.

For more information about benchmarking: What is an Energy Benchmark Report?, What is ENERGY STAR Certification, Value of ENERGY STAR Certification... visit our Energy Benchmarking Section.

For more information about the EBEWE benchmarking in Los Angeles, CA program and whether your building is exempt, call Chuck at 415-497-3090

or visit our EBEWE Compliance Frequently Asked Questions.

The Department of Building and Safety has an 82-page instruction guide for sending benchmark data, or you can contact Pegasus Energy Solutions. We have the expertise and experience to simplify the task for you.

We make it easy. We enter the data into Portfolio Manager, interface with the utilities and file your report with the Los Angeles Department of Buildings and Safety.

AUDITS AND RETRO-COMMISSIONING FOR ENERGY & WATER

Beginning in 2021, privately owned buildings more than 20,000 square feet must conduct energy and water audits and retro-commissioning reports every five years. The City wants to know actions being taken to reduce energy and water consumption and the results of these actions. These reports must be prepared by a licensed engineer or architect and can be quite expensive. An industry publication "facilities net" estimates the cost of Retro-commissioning to vary from $.50 to $2.00 per square foot. However, your building could be exempt from Audit and Retro-commissioning.

EBEWE AUDIT AND RETRO-COMMISSIONING EXEMPTIONS -based upon building performance

Buildings that meet one of the below exemptions are not required to go through an Energy Audit or Retro-Commissioning.

ENERGY EXEMPTIONS to the Audit and Retro-Commissioning Process

  1. Energy Star Certification: The building has received this certification from the EPA for the year of the building’s compliance due date. (Requires an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or greater.)
  2. Energy Star Certification: The building has received this certification from the EPA for two of the three years preceding the building’s compliance due date. (Requires an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or greater.)
  3. For buildings not eligible to receive an Energy Star score, the building must perform 25% better than the national median provided by the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) (if this score exists) of similar building types.
  4. The building has reduced its Source Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 15% when compared to the five years before a building’s compliance due date.
  5. Buildings that do not have a central cooling system or have a cooling system having an aggregate input capacity of less than 100 refrigeration tons (1,200,000 Btu/h) must retrofit four of six energy efficiency measures noted in the EBEWE guideline below:
    1. Common Area and Exterior Lighting. The common area (lighting outside of tenant spaces) and exterior lighting fixtures were installed in accordance with California Title 24 in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported.
    2. Pipe Insulation. All exposed pipes used to convey heat or hot water were insulated in accordance with California Title 24 in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported.
    3. Cool Roof. A cool roof was installed in accordance with the Los Angeles Green Building Code and California Title 24 in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported.
    4. Demand Response. The building owner participates in a utility-sponsored Demand Response Program and complies with the terms and conditions thereof.
    5. Solar Thermal. A solar hot water heating system was installed.
    6. Domestic Hot Water. A new hot water heater was installed in accordance with California Title 24 in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported.


WATER EXEMPTIONS to the Audit and Retro-Commissioning Process

  1. The building has reduced its water use intensity by at least 20% when compared to the five years prior to the building’s compliance due date.
  2. Buildings that do not have a central cooling system or with a cooling system that does not operate by the consumption of water as part of the cooling process must retrofit two of three water efficiency measures noted below:
    1. Low Flow Faucets and Shower Heads. All faucets and showerheads within the building were replaced and meet the Los Angeles Municipal Code and California Title 24 in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported.
    2. Washing Machines. Front-loading clothes washing machines were installed in all common laundry facilities.
    3. Water Closets and Urinals. All water closets and urinals within the building were replaced and meet the Los Angeles Municipal Code and California Title 24 in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported
  3. The building’s water use conforms to the LA Municipal and Title 24 Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle.
  4. The building is new and has been occupied for less than five years from its occupancy date based on the Temporary or final Certificate of Occupancy.

*All exemptions must be certified by or performed under the supervision of, a California licensed architect or engineer.

EBEWE Schedule for Audits and Retro-commissioning Report Compliance

Compliance with this section of the ordinance shall be due once every five years as follows:

Last digit of LADBS Building ID Initial Compliance Due Date Subsequent Compliance Due Dates
0 or 1 December 1, 2021 Every 5 years thereafter
2 or 3 December 1, 2022 Every 5 years thereafter
4 or 5 December 1, 2023 Every 5 years thereafter
6 or 7 December 1, 2024 Every 5 years thereafter
8 or 9 December 1, 2025 Every 5 years thereafter

For more information, contact us or call Chuck at 415-937-5046.