Departamento del Medio Ambiente de San Francisco

Existing Buildings Energy Ordinance

San Francisco’s Existing Buildings Ordinance applies to non-residential buildings with 10,000 square feet or more of space that is heated or cooled and to multifamily residential buildings with 50,000 square feet or more of space that is heated or cooled. The Ordinance has two separate requirements: energy benchmarking and energy audits.


Annual Energy Benchmark Reports for 2020 are due April 1, 2021. 

Strategic Decarbonization Assessment (SDA): The SDA is a long term financial planning tool for building owners managing carbon emissions, energy efficiency, and electrification in San Francisco. SFE is seeking building owners interested in using the SDA to meet the energy audit requirements of the Existing Buildings Ordinance. For more information visit:

Multifamily Benchmarking: The statewide benchmarking law, AB802, requires commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 square feet to benchmark energy use each year. Submitting one annual benchmark report to SF Dept of Environment satisfies both local and state regulations. 

Ordinance Overview >


How to Comply with San Francisco's Benchmarking Requirement
Help with Benchmarking
What's the purpose of energy benchmarking?

Energy Efficiency Audits

How to Comply with San Francisco's Energy Audit Requirement
Minimum Qualifications for Energy Auditors
What's the purpose of an energy audit?
Resources and Financing
Register an Energy Audit As Under Contract


EBO Compliance Look-up

San Francisco Existing Buildings Dashboard

Existing Commercial Buildings Progress Report 2010-2014 (PDF)

Existing Commercial Buildings Task Force Report 2019 - December 2009 (PDF)



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