As part of the Denver’s sustainability goals, owners and operators of commercial and multi-family buildings must file energy benchmarking reports by Sept. 1 or pay a $2,000 fine.
The benchmarking reporting requirement is part of the city’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, which aims to improve 12 areas including air quality, climate change, energy, food, health, housing, land use, materials, mobility, water quantity and quality, and workforce.
Commercial and multi-family buildings larger than 50,000 square feet must publicly report annual energy performance.
To generate these benchmark reports, Denver property owners and managers need to create a Portfolio Manager account in ENERGY STAR, note building size, add and verify energy consumption data and include some other city building identification information.
“To help property owners and managers, Good Energy offers experts who perform benchmarking services,” says Good Energy Managing Partner Scott Heath. “While working with Good Energy, businesses can also find ways to save on energy costs.’
About 2,400 buildings larger than 50,000 square feet needed to comply this year, according to a Department of Environmental Health spokesperson. Next year, buildings 25,000 square feet and larger will also need to file reports. Generating these reports can help the city increase energy efficiency and save energy costs.
Buildings that do not need to file reports include single-family homes, townhomes, or any building smaller than 25,000 square feet.
Colorado has signed the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is a group of states and businesses that agree to meet or exceed environment-saving initiatives in the Paris climate accord. Prior to passing the benchmarking ordinance, a voluntary benchmarking program ran for two and a half years that recognized buildings for measuring their energy performance. The program enrolled 153 buildings representing more than 19 million square feet.