Benchmarking

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the energy used by buildings in the United States is responsible for almost 40% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. Locally, we see an even bigger impact. In 2015, buildings accounted for 77% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the City of St. Louis (2015 GHG Inventory).

Given their contributions to regional and national greenhouse gas emissions, buildings have a significant role to play in the fight against climate change. By improving their energy efficiency, building owners and managers can reduce their environmental impacts while simultaneously lowering their utility bills.

According to the EPA, 30% of energy used in buildings is wasted through inefficiencies, and half of all energy savings are possible through low-cost or no-cost operational improvements. The first step to identifying these improvements and reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings is energy benchmarking!


What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process of tracking your building’s energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance. Benchmarking is the first step in determining how to conserve resources, reduce operating costs, and reduce environmental impacts.


 

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free, online tool administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to benchmark their energy, water and waste performance. Thousands of facility owners and managers use the tool to assess how their properties are performing, adopt an energy management strategy, identify ways to save energy, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, earn recognition, and communicate their energy-saving efforts to the public

Visit the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager website to create your account.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager


 

City of St. Louis Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

In February 2017, Mayor Francis Slay signed the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance, which require municipal and private buildings over 50,000 square feet to track and report annual energy and water use. Private buildings are first required to comply by April 1, 2018, with annual compliance required each April 1 thereafter.

 There are some exemptions to the ordinance, such as buildings with low/no occupancy, manufacturing facilities, financial duress, and state and federal buildings

Buildings that are not in compliance with the ordinance by their respective deadlines will not be eligible for issuance of new residential or commercial occupancy permits. Fines also apply.

To learn more about the Ordinance, visit www.stlbenchmarking.com


 

2018 Benchmarking Training

USGBC-MGC is partnering with the City of St. Louis, BOMA St. Louis, Downtown STL Inc., and IFMA St. Louis to present several opportunities to learn more about the ordinance, how to comply, and how to benchmark energy and water use.

Benchmarking 101

An overview of the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance with step-by-step instructions on data collection, benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and reporting data to the City of St. Louis.

Wednesday, January 24, 12:00—1:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Lunch is provided. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 01.24.18

Thursday, February 8, 12:00—1:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Lunch is provided. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 02.08.18

Thursday, March 1, 3:30—5:00 pm
Missouri History Museum, AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required
View Benchmarking 101 Presentation from 03.01.18

Benchmarking Jam

Get hands-on assistance with energy and water benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring laptop and building data needed for benchmarking – visit website for full list of needed information. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Volunteers will support building representatives to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Volunteers can self-report their participation for 2 GBCI CE hours in the volunteer category. To participate, select “Benchmarking Volunteer” when registering.

Thursday, February 1, 3:00—5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required
Register online here

Wednesday, March 14, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Metropolitan Square, 9th Floor Conference Room
211 North Broadway, Suite 990, St. Louis MO 63102
Register Online Here

 

NEW: Drop-In Benchmarking Help Sessions

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and the City of St. Louis are holding several drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions. Attendees will receive hands-on help to benchmark their energy and water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and report data to the City of St. Louis.

These events are free to all, but registration is requested. Attendees may drop in at any point during the help session. Attendees should bring a laptop and needed building information

All help sessions will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, at the Northeast Corner of Shaw & Kingshighway across from O’Connell’s Pub, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.

 

25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign

All buildings benefit from energy and water benchmarking. Buildings not covered by the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are encouraged to sign on to the St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative’s 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Pledge!

Over 80 organizations have pledged to benchmark their building energy use and annually share their performance with the High Performance Building Initiative.

See the list of 25×20 Campaign Participants

Sign on to the 25×20 Voluntary Benchmarking Pledge


 

Benchmarking Resources

Energy Efficiency Resources