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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.” - Former Mayor Edwin M. Lee


The first recommendation of San Francisco’s 2011 Electricity Resource Plan (ERP) was to expand the City’s successful energy efficiency programs. With that goal in mind, we analyzed the recent energy performance of nearly 500 public buildings and facilities, including more than 49 million square feet of building area, and released the results in our seventh annual public report.

As the first city on the west coast to publicly release municipal energy performance data, San Francisco continues to demonstrate 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. 

 An exterior shot of a San Francisco building

 2017 Energy Benchmarking Report

Report archives: 2016, 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 2017 highlights include:

Logistical Information

  • Energy usage reporting on 492 municipal properties (across 30 facility types)
  • Nearly 49.5 million square feet of building area tracked
  • Reporting across 26 different agencies

Statistical Highlights

  • Average EUI has improved 15.7% since 2009, while the average carbon footprint has decreased by 26.1% over the same time period. 

2016 compared to 2017  

  • EUI 2016 – 66.76 kBtu/sq ft 
  • EUI 2017 – 67.07 kBtu/sq ft (0.46% increase)

  • Electric EUI 2016 – 32.13 kBtu/sq ft 
  • Electric EUI 2017 – 31.65 kBtu/sq ft (1.5% decrease)

  • Natural Gas EUI 2016 – 32.49 kBtu/sq ft 
  • Natural Gas EUI 2017 – 33.33 kBtu/sq ft (2.6% increase)

  • Carbon Footprint 2016 – 4.15 lbs CO2/sq ft 
  • Carbon Footprint 2017 – 4.25 lbs CO2/sq ft (2.3% increase)

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: 1/22/2019 3:22:50 PM