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Revised Private Covered Buildings List - POSTED January 5th, 2016

DEP recently revised the preliminary Covered Buildings Inventory (MS Excel, 93K) -- initially released in April 2015 -- using more recent 2016 levy year tax assessment data. This inventory is an approximation, meant to raise awareness and help identify the buildings covered by the Law. Each building owner will need to confirm their own building square footage to determine coverage under the Law. Please refer to the accompanying Covered Buildings Inventory informational document (PDF, 354K) which outlines DEP's data sources, assumptions, and definitions used in the inventory. 


Congratulations to our Early Reporters! - POSTED January 4th, 2016

Following the successful Early Birds Pilot and Recognition Program in 2015, DEP would like to recognize a handful of additional organizations that voluntarily benchmarked their building calendar year 2014 energy data and reported it to DEP by December 31, 2015:

  • Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • MRP Realty
  • Tishman Speyer

Thank you to our Early Reporters, along with the Early Bird organizations, for all of your input and efforts!


The Official Guide for Building Energy Benchmarking in Montgomery County - POSTED November 24th, 2015

DEP has put together a comprehensive, set-by-step guide for complying with the Building Energy Benchmarking Law in Montgomery County, which includes background information, clarifying instructions, and details about reporting benchmarking data to the County. Download the Official Guide for Building Energy Benchmarking in Montgomery County (PDF, 2.0 MB).


New to Benchmarking? Check Out Our New Brochure and Checklist - POSTED November 17th, 2015

Need to benchmark your buildings, but have no idea where to start? Download our recently updated Building Energy Benchmarking Law brochure (PDF, 1.1 MB). Then follow DEP's handy Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Checklist (PDF, 2.2 MB). This step-by-step checklist will help you benchmark, report data to the County, and comply with the Benchmarking Law. 


Building Exemption and Waiver Application Now Available - POSTED November 5th, 2015

Per the Benchmarking Law, commercial buildings may request an exemption for certain use types or a waiver if the building meets certain requirements using this form: Building Exemption/Waiver Application (PDF, 107 KB). Group 1 buildings seeking an exemption/waiver must submit this form to DEP no later than May 1, 2016. 


Join the Montgomery County Energy Benchmarking Forum - POSTED November 3, 2015

DEP created a new Montgomery County Energy Benchmarking forum -- a community list (a Google group) that building owners can use to ask questions and share lessons learned when complying with Montgomery County's Benchmarking Law. This forum is intended to be a useful tool for building owners, tenants, property management companies, and other stakeholders learn best practices and make complying with the Benchmarking Law. Simply request access to the group to join using your professional email address or Google account. You can opt to receive messages as they are posted, or in a daily or weekly digest format.


Benchmarking FAQs - UPDATED October 28, 2015

DEP recently updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Montgomery County's Benchmarking Law. This FAQ document will answer your questions, provide some clarity, and help your organization meet the law. Download the Building Energy Benchmarking FAQs document (PDF, 549 KB).


Building Definitions and Scenarios Guide - POSTED October 28, 2015

With the variety of building arrangements, parcels, and complexes the County, benchmarking your Covered buildings under the Benchmarking Law might have you scratching your head. DEP is here to help! We've put together a document that will walk you through the different scenarios you may find your Covered building in, whether or not you need to benchmark under the Law, and next steps for each scenario. Download the Building Definitions and Scenarios Guide (PDF, 934 KB).


Local Benchmarking Ambassadors - POSTED October 13, 2015

DEP is proud to recognize our newly expanded list of Benchmarking Ambassadors (PDF, 311 KB).  These individuals attended special 3-hour "train-the-trainer" Ambassadors Trainings in April and October 2015 at Montgomery College, taught by EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Staff, got the details about complying with Montgomery County's law, and information on accessing data from utilities. If you have a question about the law or how to best proceed with your benchmarking, these individuals and organizations are a great place to start.

Disclaimer: Inclusion in this list does not confer certification, an official endorsement, or approval from the Montgomery County Government or any of its agencies.


Congratulations to the Early Bird Benchmarkers!

The Department of Environmental Protection would like to extend a big thank you to our Early Bird Benchmarkers! These organizations earned the esteemed title of Early Bird Benchmarker by voluntarily reporting calendar year 2014 benchmarking data to DEP by August 1, 2015:

  • Adventist HealthCare
  • American Real Estate Partners
  • Brookfield Properties
  • The Chevy Chase Land Company
    of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Colonel’s Limited dba Papa John’s Pizza
  • First Potomac Realty Trust
  • Grady Management, Inc.
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • The JBG Companies
  • Matan Companies
  • Montgomery College
  • ProMark Real Estate Services, LLC
  • Recurrent, LLC
  • The Tower Companies
  • Vanguard Realty Group

These organizations have greatly assisted DEP with developing data analyses and new guidance and outreach materials, and are now well-positioned to meet the upcoming requirements of the County’s Benchmarking Law. Download the Early Bird Benchmarker Flyer (PDF, 308 KB).

Montgomery County honored these Early Birds at a special event in September 2015. Read about the Early Bird Press Event here. 

We also acknowledge the leadership our own Montgomery County Department of General Services (DGS) has demonstrated by meeting their initial June 1, 2015 deadline.  County buildings were given a deadline ahead of private sector deadlines so we might lead-by-example.  By benchmarking ahead of our private sector, DGS has contributed invaluable input, feedback, lessons learned, and best practices to enhance our benchmarking support. 


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Sign-up for Energy Email Updates

Join the Montgomery County Energy Benchmarking Forum!  Use this Google Group community to ask questions about the Benchmarking Law, share lessons learned, and access resources. 

Sign-up for the Benchmarking News, a newsletter specifically about benchmarking, including trainings, events, and resources.

Subscribe to the Montgomery County Energy News (see example), a monthly email newsletter with updates on energy happenings and stories in the County. 

*New* The Green Bank and Energy Finance News is a newsletter with up-to-date into on the County's Green Bank and property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program. Get this newsletter 1-2 times a month by subscribing here


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About the Benchmarking Law

Summary of the Benchmarking Law: In May 2014, the Montgomery County adopted Bill 2-14, Environmental Sustainability – Buildings – Benchmarking (PDF, 580 KB), which requires the County and building owners to benchmark the energy use of their nonresidential buildings 50,000 square feet and greater in the county in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and report it to the County for public disclosure.  

The County has led by example by benchmarking its buildings first by June 2015. The first deadline for private buildings is June 2016. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for the implementation of this law.


About Benchmarking

  • What is Energy Benchmarking?  Energy Benchmarking means tracking a building's energy use and using a standard metric to compare the building's performance against past performance and to its peers nationwide.  

  • What are the Benefits?  Benchmarking improves our understanding of energy consumption patterns; quantifies energy performance to compare against past performance and other similar buildings; helps identify energy saving opportunities within a portfolio of buildings; and manages business bottom line through consistent data collection and tracking.  Read more about the Benefits of Benchmarking.

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Case Studies and Blog Articles

Recent Case Studies: Read our benchmarking blog posts to get the scoop on local buildings that are benchmarking and highlights from our events.


The 2nd Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit was a great success!  Attended by over 170 folks, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region, Montgomery County Branch, and sponsored by nearly a dozen utilities and energy companies that support energy efficiency in the County, the event offered a variety of learning opportunities for participants to support benchmarking and efforts to improve building energy performance.  Read the short synopisis: Montgomery County Energy Summit Unveils Resources and Research

Official Guidance 

All of the information on this website has been compiled into a downloadable document developed to guide you through the details of the benchmarking process. This guide provides background information and step-by-step instructions to help Montgomery County building owners comply with the Building Energy Benchmarking Law. Updates to this document will be communicated through the Montgomery County Benchmarking News and will be posted here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Start Here: Required Buildings and Deadlines

Step 1: Identify Buildings to Benchmark

Building Groups and Deadlines

There are three groups required to benchmark under the Benchmarking Law in Montgomery County.  

Building Groups and Deadlines


Total Building(s)* Square Footage

Data Year

First Deadline


50k sq. ft. +


June 1, 2015

Group 1

250k sq. ft. +


June 1, 2016

Group 2

50k sq. ft. up to 250k sq. ft.


June 1, 2017

*The Montgomery County law defines a covered building as a nonresidential building, or any group of nonresidential buildings that have the same property identification number, that meet the given thresholds and criteria. 


Special Cases:

  • Multiple Buildings that Share a PIN/Tax ID: If you have a complex of buildings that share a property identification number (your Parcel ID or Tax ID), and their square footage adds up to the thresholds listed above, they are considered covered under this law (e.g., office campus with two buildings that are 30,000 square feet each and share a Tax ID).

  • A Building on Multiple Parcels: If you have a building that meets the thresholds, regardless of how many parcels or tax IDs or owners, the building is also considered covered under this law (e.g., shopping mall).

Covered Building List - Updated January 2016

Private Covered Buildings Inventory (provided by DEP) (MS Excel, 93 KB)

Important Information about the Covered Buildings Inventory (PDF, 354 KB)

Note: This inventory is an approximation, meant to raise awareness about the law and help identify the buildings covered by the law. Each building owner will need to confirm their own building square footage to determine coverage under the law.


Exemptions and Waivers

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Buildings exempt from the law include any County building, Group 1 covered building or Group 2 covered building with more than 10% of total gross square footage which is used for:

  • Public assembly in a building without walls,
  • Warehousing,
  • Self storage, or
  • A use classified as manufacturing and industrial or transportation communication, and utilities.

Waivers can be applied for in the cases where the building:

  • Is in financial distress, defined as the building is subject of a tax lien sale or public auction due to property tax arrearages; is controlled by a court appointed receiver; or was recently acquired by a deed in lieu of foreclosure;
  • Had average physical occupancy of less than 50% throughout the calendar year for which benchmarking is required; or
  • Is new construction and received its certificate of use and occupancy during the calendar year for which benchmarking is required.

If your commercial buildings would like to request an exemption or waiver, building owners must submit a Building Exemption/Waiver Application (PDF, 107 KB) to DEP no later than May 1 of each deadline year. For example, Group 1 buildings must apply for an exemption/waiver no later than May 1, 2016. 

Note: Use one form per building. Submit any relevant supporting documentation along with this application to justify the exemption/waiver. Exemptions and waivers must be reviewed and approved by DEP. 


Next: Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager

Step 2: Collect Building and Energy Data

Gather your Building Information

What building information do you need to collect? Use the Montgomery County version of the Portfolio Manager Data Collection Worksheet to pre-assemble your information.


Have tenants? Building owners must request any space data needed in writing to the tenant no later than March 31 of each compliance year. Tenants must respond within 30 days of a request, per the Benchmarking Law.

  • Use the Montgomery County Tenant Information Request Letter Template (.doc, 16 KB) to explain your request and list information you’re seeking.  Using this template is not required and is only meant as a guide.


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Gather your Energy Data

You will need whole-building energy data for all your meters in order to benchmark properly in Portfolio Manager. There are two ways to obtain your energy data:

(1) Gather your utility bills

  • If you are the account holder of all your meters and all your energy data is available to you, we recommend collecting your bills for manual input.  (Portfolio Manager provides a bulk-upload option to easily upload multiple meters at the same time.)

  • If you have tenants, you can request that they share/send their energy data to you for the purposes of benchmarking. Or, read below for information on requesting data from your utility/utilities.

(2) Request data from your utility/utilities

If you have multiple meters in your building, it is possible to request whole-building/aggregate data from your utilities for benchmarking purposes. This service is most beneficial to building owners with several buildings and more than 5 meters in each building, particularly where tenants pay the utility bills.

  • If you have 5 or more meters, you can usually request whole-building/aggregate data without tenant authorization.

  • If you have 4 or fewer meters, you can request data from your utility but must obtain authorization from tenants to obtain their energy data. Building owners will need to receive authorization from each tenant, which are available on on your utility's energy benchmarking pages below:

Utility-Specific Information

  • Pepco customers can find information on getting their Pepco data at Pepco Energy Benchmarking
  • Washington Gas customers with 5 or more meters can find information on getting their gas bill data at Washington Gas Energy Benchmarking.
  • BG&E offers information on getting electronic BGE energy data at Automated Benchmarking.  
  • Potomac Edison – Account holders can either call customer service at 1-800-686-0011 to request and receive up to 2 years of historical monthly data via postal mail OR account holds can sign-up for or log-in to their account on the First Energy website and retrieve their data this way. Only account holders can request utility data. Note: If the account holder is a tenant, they will need to request their data and provide it to their building owner.  

When to Request Utility Data

Utilities will take up to 10 business days to provide your data; the wait can be longer as we approach compliance deadlines. Building owners are encouraged to request their data early.


Step 3: Benchmark your Building in Portfolio Manager


About the Software: Portfolio Manager

In order to streamline the process of benchmarking, the benchmarking law has identified U.S. EPA’s free, industry-standard ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager Tool as the standard software for benchmarking and reporting. Read about it at



Method 1: Do-It-Yourself Benchmarking

Portfolio Manager is built to be user-friendly and accessible for in-house staff to benchmark their buildings. In many cases, ENERGY STAR has found accounting, operations, and building management staff are entering data into Portfolio Manager. If you choose to Do-It-Yourself, below are some helpful tools to guide you.

Portfolio Manager Resources

  • Portfolio Manager Quick Start Guide (PDF, 508KB) offers the basics to setting up your Portfolio Manager account, including adding your property, entering your energy data, and seeing your results.
  • Details on Entering Your Utility Bill Data (PDF, 567KB) walks you through the steps to set up a meter and correctly enter data, add data to an existing meter, complete spreadsheet uploads, and information on Web Services (automated benchmarking).
  • Portfolio Manager Trainings offers both live and recorded webinars, written and video tutorials, and how-to’s for specific functions of the software.
  • Portfolio Manager Technical Support offers expert advice and guidance on how to benchmark your building(s) in Portfolio Manager.

Montgomery County DEP is working very closely with ENERGY STAR and defers to their technical support for guidance in benchmarking in the software.  Benchmarking per the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager guidelines are a best practice for compliance with the Benchmarking Law.


Method 2: Hire an Energy Service Company to Benchmark

Benchmarking is a common and regular practice for any energy efficiency or conservation project. Montgomery County and the region are home to many energy service companies that offer an array of services to help you manage your energy use. Many of these same companies are experienced in benchmarking and can help you benchmark your building.

What to Look For in an Energy Service CompanyDEP cannot endorse a particular company or business, but we recommend asking a few companies about their experience for benchmarking, their ability to help deliver energy savings, and other services they offer. You can ask for quotes from multiple companies, and they may be able to help you benchmark, and access to improve your building's energy performance. 

Where to Look for an Energy Service Company: DEP does not endorse a particular company or business, but we can direct you to existing lists of energy service companies that do similar work.

  • Trade Ally Programs offer a list of companies that assist utilities with energy efficiency improvements, many of which can offer benchmarking services:
  • ENERGY STAR Partners have a made a commitment with ENERGY STAR to support benchmarking and improving energy performance
  • Montgomery County Benchmarking Ambassadors (PDF, 311 KB) attended a special 3-hour "train-the-trainer" taught by EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Staff, got the details about complying with Montgomery County's law, and learned how to access data from utilities.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Montgomery County Building ID (MBID)

To be sure your building is counted as compliant by DEP, you will need to provide an additional ID number special to Montgomery County.  Under the Details tab, you will find a number of fields for ID numbers. In Standard ID drop-down, you’ll select Montgomery County (MD) Building ID and enter your building’s 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID as your MBID.

Special cases:

  • If you have multiple buildings on your parcel, you’ll create your MBID by using the 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID number and adding an underscore and lower case letters beginning with “a”  (e.g., 01234567­_a, 01234567_b).
  • If you have a building on multiple parcels, you can list each 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID number as your MBIDs, separating each with a comma.

Montgomery County DEP Support

Montgomery County DEP offers support for building owners benchmarking in Portfolio Manager through the following resources:

  • DEP Office Hours: These are monthly sessions held at DEP that feature a live Portfolio Manager webinar and opportunity for Q&A and discussion with the EPA webinar hosts, DEP, and other attendees. Subscribe to the Montgomery County Benchmarking News for these event announcements.
  • Benchmarking Law and Requirements Questions: If you have a question about compliance, details of the law, or the processes and procedures to comply (e.g., the MBID), you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 549 KB) or email your question to DEP at
  • Portfolio Manager Support: In general, DEP uses the same Portfolio Manager resources as the public and can refer you to Portfolio Manager’s technical support. DEP may offer to try to help you with any questions in Portfolio Manager – in these cases, we may ask you to share your property (read-only) with us so we can look at it from our computers to try to solve the problem. You can revoke this sharing at any time. To request/schedule a DEP session, email DEP at


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Last Steps: Verification and Reporting

Step 4: Verifying Your Data

Verification is considered an industry best practice, and ensures that building and energy data entered into Portfolio Manager are accurate. The purpose of verification is to enhance the quality of data being reported collectively through the Benchmarking Law. Verification requires a second pair of eyes from someone with knowledge about Portfolio Manager and building energy performance.

The Benchmarking Law 2-14 (PDF, 580 KB) requires that building owners complete a verification process the first year of compliance and every 3 years after.


How to Complete Verification

The Recognized Data Verifier should review the Data Verification Checklist provided by Portfolio Manager (under the Reports Tab and in the top right box) and confirm the building profile information and meter data. The required verification does not include looking at water metrics or indoor air quality, nor does it require a site visit.

This Data Verification Checklist must be printed and signed and given to the building owner. This signed Verification Checklist does not need to be submitted to DEP, unless it is requested by DEP (DEP is authorized to request documentation). Therefore, building owners must retain the most recent signed Data Verification Checklist for at least three years.

Once verification is completed, the building owner must enter the following details about the Recognized Data Verifier in the Property Notes field on the Details tab for each Covered building in Portfolio Manager:

  • Full Name
  • Credential (name/acronym)
  • Credential identifer (ID number)
  • Contact information (verifier's email address and phone number)


Acceptable Recognized Data Verifier Credentials

Building owners must demonstrate that reported benchmarking information is verified by a "Recognized Data Verifier. The following is a list of credentials that DEP has identified as acceptable to be a Recognized Data Verifier:

Acceptable Verification Credentials
Verification Credential Institution / Association
Professional Engineer (PE) National Society of Professional Engineers
Registered Architect (RA) American Institute of Architects
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) ASHRAE
Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) AEE
LEED – Professional with specialty in Operations + Maintenance (LEED-AP O+M) US Green Building Council (USGBC)
LEED-Fellow – For outstanding APs USGBC
Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) ASHRAE
Commissioning Process Management Professional Certification (CPMP) ASHRAE
Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMP) ASHRAE
Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP) BCA
Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) International Facilities Management Association
Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) AEE
Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) AEE
RPA/FMA High Performance Designation (RPA/FMA-HP) BOMI International
Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT) BOMI International
Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA) BOMI International
Real Property Administrator (RPA) with caveat requirements1 BOMI International
Certified Property Manager (CPM) with caveat requirements2 Institute of Real Estate Management

1RPA must have been achieved with the elective course, Asset Management OR achieved with completion of at least 3 of the 5 Sustainability/High Performance Experience Criteria.

2CPM must have been achieved with the following three functions selected and illustrated in the Experience Form: #3, #30, and #33.


Alternative Verification Path

Alternatively, Covered buildings can meet the verification requirement if the owner can demonstrate that the building has achieved the ENERGY STAR building certification for at least 6 months of the year being benchmarked.

If a building owner is using this verification path for a Covered building, please indicate this in the Property Notes field by stating “ENERGY STAR Certification used for verification” and the month and year certification was achieved.


Step 5: Reporting to the County

Reporting Deadlines

There are three groups of buildings required to benchmark and report data in Montgomery County.

Building Groups and Deadlines


Total Building(s)* Square Footage

Data Year

First Deadline


50k sq. ft. +


June 1, 2015

Group 1

250k sq. ft. +


June 1, 2016

Group 2

50k sq. ft. up to 250k sq. ft.


June 1, 2017

*The Montgomery County law defines a covered building as a nonresidential building, or any group of nonresidential buildings that have the same property identification number, that meet the given thresholds and criteria. 


How to Report

DEP provides the annual reporting link for each compliance season on the DEP Benchmarking webpage or via the Montgomery County Benchmarking News in the months preceding deadlines for the reporting link. Once you have all of your calendar year 2015 utility bills, have reviewed DEP's Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Checklist (PDF, 2.2 MB), entered your MBID number into Portfolio Manager, and have your data verified by a Recognized Data Verifier, you can use the reporting link to report your data to DEP via Portfolio Manager.

This link will be available in mid-February 2016. Data must be submitted to DEP no later than 5 pm Eastern on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Entering your Montgomery County Building ID (MBID) in Portfolio Manager

To be sure your building is counted as compliant by DEP, you will need to provide an additional ID number special to Montgomery County. Under the Details tab, you will find a number of fields for ID numbers. In the Standard ID drop-down, you’ll select Montgomery County (MD) Building ID and enter your building’s 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID as your MBID.

Special cases:

  • If you have multiple buildings on your parcel, you’ll create your MBID by using the 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID number and adding an underscore and a lower case letter beginning with “a”.  (e.g., 01234567­_a,  01234567­_b)
  • If you have a building on multiple parcels, you can list each 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID number as your MBIDs, separating each with a comma.



Prior to using the Data Request template in Portfolio Manager to report to DEP, be sure you have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Enter all energy, water, and space use information in Portfolio Manager. Enter all data from January 1 - December 31, 2015 for each property.
  • Identify your properties with your Montgomery County Building ID (MBID). Under Standard ID, you’ll select "Montgomery County (MD) Building ID" and enter your building’s 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID as your MBID. If you have multiple buildings on your parcel, you’ll create your MBID by using the 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID number and adding an underscore and a lower case letter beginning with “a”.  e.g. 01234567­_. If you have a building on multiple parcels, you can list each 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID number as your MBIDs, separating each with a comma.
  • It is helpful to run the Portfolio Manager Data Checker prior to using this template to ensure that you have no fatal errors in your data submission.

​Use our handy Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Checklist (PDF, 2.2 MB). This step-by-step checklist will ensure that you've followed all the right steps before reporting data to DEP. 



DEP will be requesting information to fulfill the Benchmarking Law’s reporting requirements and provide helpful information to guide benchmarking and energy efficiency program and policy planning. As such, DEP will be collecting a broader set of data than will eventually be disclosed. Except for metrics listed below under "What is disclosed?", DEP will not disclose the otherwise collected data. The collected data will be used to provide aggregate metrics and portfolio-wide benchmarks for reporting purposes.


The Benchmarking Law requires the County to make reported benchmarking information readily available to the public. The first year's data of each reporting group will not be disclosed. Disclosure will begin the 2nd year of each building group's reporting. Example: Disclosure will begin with data reported in 2017, the second year of reporting, for Group 1. Further details will be release closer to the first disclosure.

Read more about DEP Fact Sheet: Metrics Reported and Disclosed (PDF, 26 KB)

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Beyond Benchmarking: Saving Energy & Recognition

Improve Your Building Energy Performance

Once your building has been benchmarked, you may find that there is room to improve energy efficiency (and maybe raise your score!). Simple adjustments to equipment start time, operations parameters, occupant behavior, and controls can reap significant energy and cost savings.

Utility Incentives

Commit to making energy improvements, and use your benchmarking data to discuss with your utility what incentives are available for saving energy. Learn more at:

PACE Financing

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing allows building owners to take out long-term loans for energy and water conserving projects and renewable energy projects and pay them back through the County’s tax assessment system. Visit DEP's PACE Financing website, or sign up for the Montgomery County Energy Financing News to stay up-to-date on the County's PACE program. 


Get Recognized

ENERGY STAR Certification

If your building achieved an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, you qualify for ENERGY STAR Certification. Why earn ENERGY STAR Certification?  Join the other buildings in Montgomery County and Maryland that are already certified, and learn about Ten reasons to pursue ENERGY STAR Certification Learn how to get certified and be recognized with the biggest little logo out there!


2015 Battle of the Buildings

Compete with other buildings like your own to see who can save the most energy over 2015. Meet your goals and receive national attention from EPA’s National Building Competition program!  Learn more and register!

U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge

The Better Buildings Challenge supports commercial and industrial building owners by providing technical assistance and proven solutions to energy efficiency. View the Program Overview (PDF, 147 KB) for more information.

GSA Leasing

Interested in leasing to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)? Be sure your building is up to their energy standards – able to achieve a score of 75 or higher (within 18 months of GSA occupancy).

DEP Recognition and your Benchmarking Story

Have a good story to tell?  Maybe you improved your score by 15 or 20 points?  Perhaps you did a savings project and your energy performance improved?  Maybe you finally got to 75? Tell us how you did it and get recognized! Email DEP to complete a BENCHMARKED Profile and be featured in our Montgomery County Energy News!


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Lindsey Robinett Shaw | 
Department of Environmental | 240-777-7754