San Francisco Energy Performance Ordinance for Existing Commercial Buildings

Partner Energy keeps you in compliance with ENERGY STAR® benchmarking and energy audits that also reduce energy consumption and improve the performance of your buildings.

The law requires owners of nonresidential buildings to conduct energy efficiency audits of their properties every 5 years and file Annual Energy Benchmark Summaries for their buildings

Applicable Properties

  • Non-residential buildings 10,000 sq. ft. and over
  • Residential buildings 50,000 sq. ft. and over

Every Year

Owners must complete whole-building benchmarking and file the report with the City’s Department of the Environment by April 1 each year

Every 5 Years

Owners of non-residential buildings must complete an Energy Audit of their properties every 5 years.

Fines may be levied for non-compliance.

Energy Performance Ordinance Background

San Francisco is one of the oldest urban areas in California. Many of the City’s buildings were built before energy efficiency codes were enacted. Systems for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and other services in commercial buildings require regular tuning to operate as designed, as well as periodic retrofits to meet modern standards for energy efficiency. Electricity for City buildings is partially supplied by fossil-fuel burning power plants, and heat is primarily supplied by the natural gas − both of which emit carbon dioxide, a cause of global warming.

Building energy use accounts for almost half of San Francisco’s overall carbon dioxide emissions, and buildings account for 63% of the City’s carbon dioxide emissions. The City has established high environmental performance standards for new construction. However, to minimize the pollution and carbon emissions of energy consumption, as well as demands on the local electrical grid, enhancing energy efficiency in existing buildings is also necessary.

For further information, please visit the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance website.