States and Cities that Require Benchmarking

By Naomi Millán, Associate Editor  
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: California AB 1103 Requires Energy Benchmarking Data Released During SalesPt. 2: Washington D. C.'s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 ExplainedPt. 3: Energy Star Portfolio Manager: How It is Used for BenchmarkingPt. 4: This Page

New York City seems poised to become the next major jurisdiction to enact a benchmarking law. Bill 476-A, if adopted, would require annual benchmarking for government buildings of at least 10,000 square feet and private buildings of at least 50,000 square feet. Starting in 2012, an online database would disclose energy use information.

To the right is a list of some of the other benchmarking mandates around the country. For a full list of benchmarking policies, initiatives and campaigns which use ENERGY STAR tools, click here (pdf).


Borough of
West Chester, Pa.
Borough Ordinance This ordinance requires new commercial construction to be Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR and benchmarked annually in EPA’s Portfolio Manager.
City of
Denver, Colo.
Executive Order 123 Executive Order 123 requires new construction and major renovations of existing and future city-owned and operated buildings to be Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR and benchmarked in EPA’s Portfolio Manager.
State of
EO 2005-4, 2005 Executive Order 2005-4 requires the Department of Management and Budget to establish an energy efficiency savings target for all state buildings managed by the department or another department or agency within the Executive Branch of state government. It requires that all state buildings occupied by state employees be benchmarked using EPA’s Portfolio Manager.
State of Ohio EO 2007-02 Executive Order 2007-02 establishes that the State of Ohio will use EPA’s Portfolio Manager as the benchmarking tool for state-owned facilities to establish building baselines and measure and track energy use and carbon emissions within the state.

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