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Energy Benchmarking for Municipal Buildings

“The City is leading by example by providing transparency and accountability about our own operations, an essential component of San Francisco’s goal to reduce carbon emissions.” - Mayor Edwin M. Lee


The first recommendation of San Francisco’s 2011 Electricity Resource Plan (ERP) is to expand the City’s successful energy efficiency programs. With that goal in mind, the SFPUC has analyzed the recent energy performance of almost 450 public buildings, including over 30 million square feet of building area, and released the results in a public report.

As the first city on the west coast to publicly release municipal energy performance data, San Francisco is demonstrating public sector initiative in response to the Energy Performance Ordinance, adopted in 2011. This local ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings to annually benchmark their buildings’ energy use in comparison to other similar facilities, and then disclose the results.

2012 Energy Benchmarking Report 2011 Energy Benchmarking Report
See the report for calendar year 2012. See the report for calendar year 2011. 

The report identifies high-performing buildings as well as those that may benefit from cost-effective energy efficiency investments. Calendar year 2012 highlights include:

  • The overall energy intensity of San Francisco’s municipal buildings declined 3.6% in 2012 compared to the previous year, and 4.4% compared to 2009.
  • Almost 80% of the 139 public facilities that are in ENERGY STAR rating–eligible categories performed equal to or better than the national average for similar buildings. Only five of these 139 facilities ranked in the bottom 25% when compared to their national peers.

Energy benchmarking is an extension of the SFPUC’s efforts to help City departments reduce energy use and meet their climate action goals. We offer a range of clean energy programs including detailed energy audits and green building design assistance to help our customers find ways to save energy and money. Energy efficiency projects implemented by the SFPUC over the past decade are saving the City several million dollars in energy costs each year.

For information on how the Energy Performance Ordinance applies to privately-owned buildings, visit the Department of the Environment’s web site.


News Release 10/7/13: "SF Continues to Shrink Carbon Footprint of Its Municipal Buildings – Publishes 2nd Annual Energy Consumption Report for Hundreds of City Properties."


Last updated: 10/8/2013 12:47:10 PM