What’s Required

The first phase of the Ordinance requires annual benchmarking and reporting of buildings’ energy and water consumption using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 

Benchmarking 

Building owners who are not currently tracking whole-building data in ENERGY STAR undertake a multi-step process to comply:

  • Set up an account in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Enter whole-building energy and water data for the prior calendar year 
  • Submit your report to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
  • Refer to our step-by-step guide to assist you with compliance  

Transparency 

Summary statistics and compliance status by property address will be made publicly available by the LA Department of Building and Safety.  See Section 91.9705.4. for more information on publication of limited summary data.

What’s Next?

Beginning in 2019, privately owned buildings more than 20,000 square feet in the City of Los Angeles must conduct an energy and water audit and retro-commissioning or prove energy and water use reductions and/or performance every 5 years. See Section 91.9706. for more information on energy and water audits and retro-commissioning.