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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 49.5 million square feet of building area, and released the results in our eighth 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. 

2018 Energy Benchmarking Report

Read the most recent report: 2018 Energy Benchmarking Report.

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Report archives: 20172016, 2015, 20142013, 2012, 2011

The report identifies high-performing buildings as well as those that may benefit from cost-effective energy efficiency investments. 

2018 Calendar Highlights

Logistical Information:

  • Energy usage reporting on 494 municipal properties (complete results are provided for 463 buildings, with partial information on an additional 31 buildings).

Statistical Highlights:

  • Average EUI and carbon footprint, not including the airport, decreased by 1% and 0.5%, respectively, from the previous year, with reductions of 15.2% and 24.8% since 2009.
  • The airport saw a 1.9% decrease, and 3.5% reduction in its carbon footprint compared to 2017.

About Energy Benchmarking

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: 1/21/2020 10:36:01 AM