City of San Francisco Benchmarking Ordinance Push Back Deadline to July 1st , 2020

In 2009, the City of San Francisco implemented a taskforce to target reduce emissions for existing commercial buildings within the City. The result from the taskforce was the creation of the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance which would require buildings to perform energy audits and benchmarking on a routine basis. The San Francisco Environment Code Chapter 20 requires all non-residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to be benchmarked annually using Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

In April of each year, the benchmarking and audit reports are due for the previous year of operation. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the San Francisco Department of the Environment (who manages the ordinance program) has moved the 2019 deadline from April 1 st , 2020 to July 1 st , 2020 to allow building managers and owners to still meet the ordinance deadline without being fined. If you require benchmarking services or would like to know if you are in compliance with the City’s ordinance, please contact

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