San Francisco Department of the Environment

Existing Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

San Francisco’s Existing 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 and energy audits. 


ENERGY STAR Score Update: On August 26, 2018, EPA released updated metrics to the tool as part of its standard process to keep ENERGY STAR metrics as current as possible.Your individual building’s ENERGY STAR score may increase or decrease, depending on your energy use, fuel mix, business activity, property type, and other variables. 

Visit for details about the updates, guidance on how to prepare for the updates, and a communication toolkit for sharing this news with your stakeholders. 

Overview >


Benchmarking Overview
How to Comply with Benchmarking in San Francisco
Help with Benchmarking
Do Benchmarked Buildings Save Energy? - Results
Why benchmark?

Energy Efficiency Audits

Energy Efficiency Audit Overview
How to Comply and Report to SF Environment
Minimum Qualifications for Energy Auditors
Why Audit?
Resources and Financing
Register an Energy Audit As Under Contract

For Tenants of Commercial Buildings

Tenants' Roles and Opportunities


San Francisco Existing Buildings Performance Report (Online Dashboard)

San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report 2010-2014 (PDF)

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

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