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San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance

San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance applies to existing commercial buildings with 10,000 square feet or more of space that is heated or cooled. The Ordinance has two separate requirements:

Energy Benchmarking - due annually on April 1

The building owner must report the total amount of energy that the building uses every year using the US Environmental Protection Agency’s free ‘ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager’ website. This process is called "energy benchmarking," and the benchmark report must be submitted to the San Francisco Department of the Environment through the Portfolio Manager by April 1st each year.

Energy Audit - required every 5 years

The building owner must ensure the building receives an energy audit by a qualified energy professional every five years. The professional must hold one of the qualifications approved by the Department of Environment, and must examine the entire building. The audit provides the building owner with a list of specific opportunities to save money and save energy in the building, as well as any rebates that may be available.  

For more information, please send your questions to or contact us by phone at (415) 355-3750.

Related Content

Overview of Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Ordinance (PDF)

Additional Resources

Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance Report Dataset (SF OpenData)

Coming soon: ECBO Scorecard (Data Visualization) 


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