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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, we analyzed the recent energy performance of over 468 public buildings, including almost 49 million square feet of building area, and released the results in our fourth annual 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. 


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 2016 Energy Benchmarking Report

Report archives: 2015, 20142013, 2012, 2011

The report identifies high-performing buildings as well as those that may benefit from cost-effective energy efficiency investments. Calendar year 2016 highlights include:

Logistical Information

  • Energy usage reporting on 477 municipal properties (across 30 facility types) •
  • Nearly 49 million square feet of building area tracked •
  • Reporting across 26 different agencies •
  • ENERGY STAR scores for 146 facilities

Statistical Highlights

  • Average EUI has improved 15.6% since 2009, while the average carbon footprint has decreased by 26.5% over the same time period. •
  • 88% of the ENERGY STAR scores reported were above the national median.

2015 compared to 2016 

  • EUI 2015 – 64.52 kBtu/sq ft 
  • EUI 2016 – 67.18 kBtu/sq ft (4.1% increase)

  • Carbon Footprint 2015 – 3.84 lbs CO2/sq ft 
  • Carbon Footprint 2016 – 4.22 lbs CO2/sq ft (9.9% increase)

  • # of Buildings 2015 – 468 
  • # of Buildings 2016 – 477

  • 2015 EnergyStar (percentage of facilities above median) – 90% 
  • 2016 EnergyStar (percentage of facilities above median) – 88%

Energy benchmarking is an extension of our 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.


Last updated: 1/17/2018 12:59:28 PM