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Frequently Asked Questions

General Compliance

Do I have to benchmark and report my building?

Per LADBS, all privately owned buildings 20,000 square feet or more must be benchmarked and registered annually with the City of Los Angeles according to the schedule as defined in the EBEWE Ordinance.

What utilities do I need to report?

Per LADBS, the following utilities need to be reported:

  • Total water usage 
  • Total electrical usage 
  • Total gas usage
  • Energy generated by solar panels (which is not part of an electrical bill)

The building is a condominium. Who is required to benchmark it?

Per LADBS, the condo homeowner’s association must benchmark the building.

Are new buildings subject to the Ordinance?

Per LADBS, yes, new buildings are subject to the Ordinance and need to be benchmarked and registered. The first year of compliance depends on the square footage of the building and is defined in the Ordinance. See Section 91.9705.3 for Ordinance scope details. 

What is a Building ID and why is it important? 

LADBS assigns each building a Building ID, a unique identifier needed to register with LADBS and to identify buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Building IDs are provided in the Ordinance notification letter from LADBS. If you did not receive your notification letter listing your Building ID, you may look up in the Building Information Online system (BIO)

What is a Property ID?

Per LADBS, the Property ID is different from the Building ID, and can be found in your ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account under your property's name and address in the top navigation bar. The Property ID is entered to request data from SoCalGas. 

My building or building site has multiple Building IDs. Which one should I use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager?

Per LADBS, you can obtain or confirm your Building ID using the Building Information Online system (BIO). Click the “Search by” dropdown menu and select “Building ID”, type in the Building ID, and the map will highlight the building that corresponds to that particular ID. If you encounter problems using BIO that cannot be resolved using the FAQs, please contact LADBS at ladbs.ebewe@lacity.org or (213) 482-0476.

My property has separate structured parking with a unique Building ID. Which ID should I use to report?

Per LADBS, each building needs to be benchmarked separately using the associated Building ID, provided it meets the square footage requirements using its own Building ID. You can obtain or confirm your Building ID using LADBS’ Building Information Online system (BIO): http://lacitydbs.org/buildinginfo. Click the “Search by” dropdown menu and select “Building ID,” type in the building ID, and the map will highlight the building that corresponds to that particular building ID.  If you encounter problems using BIO that cannot be resolved using the FAQs, please contact us at ladbs.ebewe@lacity.org or (213) 482-0476.

Do I need a user account for each building?

Per LADBS, no, you can associate multiple buildings with one (1) LADBS user account.

I have multiple buildings in one account. Do I need to pay a registration fee for each building?

Per LADBS, yes. Registration fees are tied to each building, not to each LADBS user account.

How do I know if I have successfully submitted the report, and have complied with the Ordinance?

Per LADBS, to confirm your benchmarking report submission, please contact: ladbs.ebewe@lacity.org. Please be sure to include both the building address and Building ID in your email.

What information will be publicly disclosed through the Ordinance?

Per LADBS, Ordinance No. 184674 requires that the following information be made available to the public on Internet:

  • Summary statistics on overall compliance
  • Summary statistics on overall energy and water consumption of buildings subject to the EBEWE Ordinance derived from aggregation of annual benchmarking reports; and
  • Building address and property use type;
  • The Energy Star® Portfolio Manager Energy Star score for the building, where available;
  • The weather-normalized site and source energy use intensity (EUI) per unit area per year (kBTU per square foot per year) for the building;
  • The site and source energy use intensity (EUI) per unit area per year (kBTU per square foot per year) for the building;
  • The annual carbon dioxide equivalent emissions due to energy use for the building as estimated by ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager;
  • Indoor water use, indoor water intensity, outdoor water use (when available), and total water use; and
  • The status of compliance with the requirements of the EBEWE ordinance.
Benchmarking

What is a benchmarking report?

Per LADBS, a report, generated by ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, summarizing the whole-building energy and water performance of a building.

What software tool is used for benchmarking and reporting?

Per LADBS, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is the free, online tool used for benchmarking and reporting. 

How often do I need to benchmark my building?

Per LADBS, buildings that are subject to the EBEWE Ordinance must be benchmarked every year by June 1st after the inital benchmark. 

How should I classify my property or building type?

Per LADBS, property owners can choose from the Portfolio Manager list of property use types to classify a property or building type. 

How do I benchmark if I have multiple buildings sharing a meter?

Per LADBS,  use the "Campus" feature in Portfolio Manager.  When you set up your property address, indicate that you have multiple buildings. Later in the process, you can specify a Building ID for each building on the “Campus.”

I have less than 5 tenants with individual meters. One of the tenants refuses to sign a consent form required by LADWP. LADWP will not release the data. How can I still comply?

Per LADBS, you may estimate the water and electrical usage by comparing the benchmarked building with other similar buildings to the best of your ability.

The building was occupied for only a few months in 2016. How do I benchmark it for 12 months?

Per LADBS, take a monthly average of the number of months for which you have data (when building was occupied). Then use that data to estimate the remaining months for the year.

What is the difference between occupancy and vacancy?

Occupancy refers to the percentage of your property gross floor area that is occupied and operational. If you have people working in all floors/areas of your building then you are 100% occupied. You do not need to count empty cubicle spaces – but, you do want to make sure your number of workers is correct when tenant usage patterns change. Vacancy refers to a portion of the building that is not in use. This is not a few empty cubicles but rather a suite or entire floor that is not leased or occupied. When more than 10% of your property is vacant, you are required to create a separate “Vacant Space” property use for certain property types

Does occupancy rate affect my score, and how do I report changes?

The value you enter for occupancy rate will not affect your ENERGY STAR score or any other metric. However, this value could affect your eligibility for ENERGY STAR  Certification as certain property types have minimum occupancy rate requirements. You can adjust your occupancy rate on the "Details" tab under "Basic Information" in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

How do I add a virtual meter and maintain existing data in my ESPM account?

To add a virtual meter to accept aggregate data, while maintaining existing data in your ESPM account, follow the instructions here.

Energy & Water Audits and Retro-Commissioning

Do I have to get an energy and water audit?

Yes, beginning July 1, 2019, building owners or representatives will have to prove that a building is energy and water efficient or that it is on a pathway to efficiency.  See Section 91.9708.2 for the schedule and more info on audits and retro-commissioning report compliance.

How often do I have to show my building is energy and water efficient?

Every five years after the initial deadline. Your initial deadline for showing performance is based on the assessor’s parcel number of your building.  See Section 91.9708.2 for the schedule for audits and retro-commissioning report compliance.

Are new buildings subject to the Ordinance’s performance requirements?

Energy audits and retro-commissioning are not required for buildings that are new and have been occupied for less than five years from their first due date, based on the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, or Certificate of Occupancy. See Section 91.9706.2.3 Exemptions #4 in the Ordinance. 

Links

Benchmarking Guide

LADWP Energy and Water Saving Rebates & Programs

How to Add a Virtual Meter

SoCalGas Energy Saving Rebates & Programs

Is your Property Located in the City of LA? Verify on NavigateLA

Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance

LADBS Building Information Online

LA County Assessor - AIN Lookup

Template Letter of Authorization

Resource Center Newsletter - July 2017

Resource Center Newsletter - September 2017

Sample EBEWE Energy and Water Savings Plan