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Building Energy Benchmarking

 
Energy Benchmarking is the process of tracking a building's annual energy use and using a standard metric to compare the building's performance against past performance and to its peers nationwide. Benchmarking improves our understanding of energy consumption patterns; helps identify energy saving opportunities within a portfolio of buildings; and manages business bottom line through consistent data collection and tracking.

Building owners are required 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.  

 

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Reporting Link for Calendar Year 2016 Data

Please use the blue-highlighted link below to submit your calendar year 2016 building energy benchmarking report to DEP. The submission deadline for all covered buildings (50,000 sq. ft. and greater) is Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

Verification Requirement Reminder: If this is your first year of reporting (Group 2 buildings: 50,000 sq. ft. up to 250,000 sq. ft.), please make sure your benchmarking data are verified by a Recognized Data Verifier before submitting to DEP. If you are a Group 1 building owner who submitted a 2015 benchmarking report, you are not required to verify your data this year. 
 

**Calendar Year 2016 Reporting Link for All Covered Buildings 50,000 Square Feet and Greater**
 

This link will take you to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account log-in screen—after logging in, you’ll see step-by-step instructions on the Data Request page.

Reporting Revisions to Calendar Year 2015 Data: If you need to amend your 2015 benchmarking report, please use this Calendar Year 2015 Reporting Link

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Summary of the Benchmarking Law

In May 2014, the Montgomery County adopted a  Building Benchmarking Law ( PDF, 580 KB) and amended the original legislation by  Bill 35-15 Environmental Sustainability – Benchmarking – Amendments in November 2015, 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,
  • Have those data verified by a Recognized Data Verifier the first year and every three years thereafter, and
  • Report data to the County annually 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.

Download the Montgomery County Benchmarking Brochure: Building Energy Benchmarking Law: What you need to know about the law and how to get started ( PDF, 1.1 MB).

 

Benchmarking Help

Stay Up to Date on Benchmarking News

Sign-up for the Commercial Energy News, a newsletter that includes all of the Benchmarking Law updates, as well as Commercial PACE financing news, green building news, and commercial energy events.

We also have a  Montgomery County Energy Benchmarking  Google Group for our community of building owners to ask questions about the Benchmarking Law, share lessons learned, and access resources. 

 

Upcoming Office Hours

Join DEP on the third Tuesday of each month at our offices at 255 Rockville Pike right off of the Rockville Metro to answer all of your benchmarking questions! Please RSVP to energy@montgomerycountymd.gov:
  • February 21st – 2-4 pm
  • March 21st – 2-4 pm
  • April 18th – 2-4 pm
  • May 16th – 2-4 pm
  • June 20th – 2-4 pm

 

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