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


 

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.

Event Descriptions

All events are free, but space is limited and registration is required via the links below.

Drop-in Benchmarking Help Sessions

Hands-on Help Session

Stop by our office during a drop-in session to receive hands-on help with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).

Benchmarking Jam

Brief presentation followed by hands-on help session

Following  a brief overview of energy and water benchmarking, volunteers will provide hands-on assistance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Attendees should bring a laptop and all information needed for benchmarking (list available via event links below).

Benchmarking 101

Presentation with Q&A

Benchmarking 101 will provide an overview of the City of St. Louis’s 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. Lunch is provided.


Training Schedule

All events will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, located at 4651 Shaw Blvd, 63110. Register using the links below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 3-5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 4 – 6 pm
Benchmarking Jam

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101 during Benchmarking Session of Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Benchmarking 101

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3 – 5 pm
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9 – 11 am
Drop-in Benchmarking Help Session

Better Buildings Through Benchmarking

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 Better Buildings Through 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 Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Participants

Sign on to the Better Buildings Through Benchmarking Campaign


 

Benchmarking Resources

Energy Efficiency Resources