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.
A building covered under the Benchmarking Law is “any nonresidential building, or any group of buildings that have the same property identification number” that meet the square footage thresholds for the respective groups
There are three groups required to benchmark annually under the Benchmarking Law in Montgomery County.
|Group||Total Building(s)* Square Footage||First Data Year||First Deadline|
|County||50k sq. ft. +||2014||June 1, 2015|
|Group 1||250k sq. ft. +||2015||June 1, 2016|
|Group 2||50k sq. ft. up to 250k sq. ft.||2016||June 1, 2017|
DEP developed a preliminary Covered Buildings List to raise awareness about the Benchmarking Law (last updated November 2016). This list was created with current Maryland tax assessment records and the CoStar commercial building database.
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.
Compliance is dependent upon the building owner’s record of their building square footage and the square footage on the parcel in total, regardless of the information on this inventory. This inventory will be used only as a tool by DEP, and should be considered the same by building owners and other stakeholders.
Use the online GIS map created from current Maryland tax assessment records to locate the parcel that your building sits on, and see what other buildings share your parcel. Reminder: if your building shares a parcel with other buildings and collectively add up to 50,000 square feet and greater, you'll need to report benchmarking data to DEP.
To be sure your building is counted as compliant by DEP, you will need to provide an additional ID number special to Montgomery County. Your building’s Montgomery County Building ID is your 8-digit Parcel Identification Number/Tax ID. The Parcel ID number is located in the upper right corner of your property tax bill. It would be the same as your account number. You can also locate this number online by visiting the Department of Finance’s Real Property Tax Account Information website.
Enter this MBID number in Portfolio Manager (Under the Details tab, select “Montgomery County (MD) Building ID” from the “Standard IDs” drop-down menu, and enter your MBID.
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,
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 2 buildings must apply for an exemption/waiver no later than May 1, 2017
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.
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.
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:
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).
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.