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San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance

San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance applies to existing commercial buildings with 10,000 square feet or more of space 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.

The City provides instructions consisting of a 6-step guide with links to 30 resources available, including a 32-page Benchmarking Guide. Visit: How to Comply with Benchmarking in San Francisco

Energy Audit - required every 5 years

The 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.  

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

To learn more about an Energy Audit visit:  Overview of Energy Audits - What is an energy audit? What is required? What is the value for me?