With the longest government shutdown in U.S. history behind us, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is back online and most city/state benchmarking mandates are back on schedule. However, ENERGY STAR certifications are still on hold as the EPA continues to evaluate their scoring models.

ENERGY STAR certifications

In August 2018, the ENERGY STAR scores of many building types dropped as part of EPA's regular cycle of updating energy performance metrics in Portfolio Manager. While scores changed across the board, some markets were disproportionately impacted.

The EPA has placed a hold on ENERGY STAR certifications for most property types (e.g., office, retail, hotels, warehouses) while they analyze industry feedback on the scoring changes and determine if adjustments need to be made. The government shutdown has prolonged this process.

Benchmarking mandates

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is used for every major benchmarking mandate across the country and the list keeps on growing. Aside from the City of Seattle, all mandates appear to be back on schedule (see table below). If you need benchmarking support, Breea can help you navigate the specifics.

City/State Property Types Required DeadlineLink to Full Details
 AtlantaNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.June 1stAtlanta Building Efficiency
 BerkeleyNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.July 1stBESO Ordinance
 BostonNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 35,000 sq. ft.May 15thBoston BERDO Ordinance
 BoulderNonresidential buildings ≥ 30,000 sq. ft.June 1stBoulder Building Performance
 California   (state-wide)Nonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.June 1stBuilding Energy Benchmarking Program
 CambridgeNonresidential buildings ≥ 35,000 sq. ft.; multifamily buildings ≥ 50 dwellingsMay 1stCambridge BEUDO Ordinance
 ChicagoNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.June 1stChicago Energy Benchmarking
 DenverNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.June 1stEnergize Denver
 District of   ColumbiaNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.April 1stDOEE Benchmarking
 Kansas CityNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.May 1stEnergy Empowerment
 Los AngelesNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 20,000 sq. ft.June 1stLA EBEWE
 MinneapolisNonresidential buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.June 1stMinneapolis Ordinance
 New   York CityNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 25,000 sq. ft.May 1stLocal Law 84
 OrlandoNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.May 1stOrlando BEWES
 PhiladelphiaNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.June 30thPhiladelphia Benchmarking
 PittsburghNonresidential buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.June 1stPittsburgh Benchmarking
 PortlandNonresidential buildings ≥ 20,000 sq. ft.April 22ndPortland Performance Reporting
 Salt Lake CityNonresidential buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.May 1st (may be extended)SLC Elevate Buildings
 San JoseNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.May 1stSan Jose Building Performance Ordinance
 SeattleNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 20,000 sq. ft.July 1st (extended from Apr 1)Seattle Energy Benchmarking
 St. LouisNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 50,000 sq. ft.May 1stSt. Louis Building Energy Awareness
 San FranciscoNonresidential and multifamily buildings ≥ 10,000 sq. ft.April 1stSan Francisco Environment