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California Assembly Bill 802 Benchmarking

The first step to saving energy at your building is to benchmark — that is, to measure and compare your building’s energy to similar buildings, past consumption, or a reference performance level. Benchmarking turns the information on your utility bill into knowledge you can act on. Benchmarking enables you to determine how to lower your building's environmental footprint as well as your monthly energy costs.

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How is the process of benchmarking and compliance done?

1. Create an account

• Create a new account on portfolio manager

• Add the details of every disclosable building you own

• Input your energy usage data

2. Choose your reporting

Choose the appropriate
reporting link on the
benchmarking page

3. Submit

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Benchmarking By Utility

Click your utility below for details on benchmarking your property

What is California Assembly Bill 802? (AB 802)

The CA AB802 is a statewide building energy usage benchmarking for disclosable (commercial and residential buildings over 50,000 square feet). Ever since it came into effect in 2016, it requires eligible property owners to submit an Energy Benchmark Report to the California Energy Commission on or before 1st June every year.

What is the Energy Benchmark Report?

Benchmarking refers to tracking a building’s performance in comparison to a set standard. It involves using energy, water, or waste usage metrics to compare a building’s performance to other similar buildings. The efficiency of the building is calculated by dividing the energy use intensity(EUI) by dividing the energy usage by the property’s square footage.The Energy Benchmark Report is simply the comparison of EUI between similar properties(with adjustments of intensity-of-use and weather zone.

Who needs to Comply with AB 802?

Owners of buildings that satisfy the following conditions are required to comply with the law:·   
A  gross floor area of over 50,000 square feet.·  

17+ residential utility accounts or 1+ Commercial

Are there any exceptions to the compliance?

There are some exceptions that void the need to submit an Energy Benchmark Report. These are for:

  • Buildings that are condominiums.
  • Buildings scheduled for demolishment within a year of the report.
  • Buildings with 1-16 residential utility accounts.
  • Buildings which had no certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy for more than half of the calendar year
  • Buildings with over 50% of the total area being in use for scientific experiments, manufacturing, or industrial purposes.
  • Buildings which are benchmarked as pursuant in any local program on the official website of the Energy Commission.

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