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San Francisco’s Existing Buildings Ordinance

San Francisco’s Existing Buildings Ordinance applies to existing commercial buildings with 10,000 square feet or more of space that is heated or cooled and existing multi-family residential buildings with 50,000 square feet of space or more that is heated or cooled. The Ordinance has two separate requirements:

Energy Benchmarking - due annually on April 1

The building owner must report the total amount of energy that the building uses every year using the US Environmental Protection Agency’s free ‘ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager’ website. The benchmark report must be submitted to the San Francisco Department of the Environment through the Portfolio Manager by April 1st each year.

Let Pegasus prepare your SF ECBO Benchmark Report.  We do the work: enter the data, interface with the utilities and file the report with the City of San Francisco.

For more information about the San Francisco Ordinance, call Chuck at 415-497-3090.  Also, the City provides instructions consisting of a 6-step guide with links to 30 resources available, including a 32-page Benchmarking Guide.

Energy Audit - required every 5 years

The non-residential building owner must ensure the building receives an energy audit by an architect or licensed engineer every five years. The audit provides the building owner with a list of specific opportunities to save money and save energy in the building, as well as any rebates that may be available.  

  • Commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet require an ASHRAE Level II audit
  • Commercial buildings 10,000-49,999 square feet require an ASHRAE Level I audit

To learn more about an Energy Audit call Chuck at 415-497-3090 or visit our SF Frequently Asked Questions.