With guest room energy usage typically exceeding 50% of the property’s utility bill, decreasing your energy usage by 10% can equate to an increase in RevPAR by $0.60 for limited service hotels and by more than $2.00 for full-service hotels — imagine the savings!
You can’t manage what you don’t measure! Energy benchmarking means tracking a building’s energy and water use and using a standard metric to compare the building’s performance against past performance and to its peers. These comparisons have been shown to drive energy efficiency upgrades and increase occupancy rates and property values. Benchmarking reveals the relative efficiency of a building’s underlying operational systems. It enables owners and managers to evaluate operational performance and possess a baseline metric to be able to judge future improvements.
- ENERGY STAR® Benchmarking (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Portfolio Manager program)
- Hilton LightStay Support
- IHG Green Engage Support
- WasteWise (recognized by the EPA)
Why benchmark? The benchmarking process allows hotel owners, management companies and operators to view an energy usage profile of their hotels. This energy profile provides insight into which areas of consumption should be focused on to increase efficiency and provide a roadmap of potential green hotel improvement projects. Benchmarking can also be used as a baseline for the building against which these future improvements and operational changes can be measured. Each year, the building can be benchmarked to see whether or not upgrades had the desired impact of energy use reductions. Download EGH Corporate Profile
New York City
- Local Law 84 The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy consumption in a process called benchmarking. Local Law 84 (LL84), the first law in GGBP, standardizes this process and captures information with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager. Local Law 84 will give building owners and potential buyers a better understanding of a building’s energy and water consumption, eventually shifting the market towards increasingly efficient, high-performing buildings. Local Law 84 requires annual benchmarking data to be submitted by owners of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet for public disclosure by May 1 of each year.
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- Green Building Act of 2006 (GBA) Establishes high-performance building standards that require the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of building projects and establishes a green building incentives program.
- Clean and Affordable Energy Benchmarking Amendment Act of 2012 CAEA establishes, a building benchmarking program required by the CAEA and now under development by DDOE. This program, one of the first of its type in the nation, requires disclosure of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager scores for all private buildings over 50,000 square feet. The program will roll out in January 2013, and includes extensive data management, enforcement, and industry education support.
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San Francisco, CA
- Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance Adopted in 2011, the ordinance is being phased-in over three years. For existing nonresidential buildings with at least10,000 square feet of conditioned (heated or cooled) space, the ordinance requires:
- An Actionable Plan: An energy efficiency audit once every 5 years identifying specific cost-effective measures that would save energy.
- A Benchmark: Annually summarize the energy used by the entire building. This enables tracking trends and understanding how your building is performing compared to similar buildings.
- Benchmarking is required for all occupied nonresidential buildings of 10,000 square feet or larger that have been in operation for at least two years.
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State of California
- California Assembly Bill 1103 (“AB 1103”) – passed in 2007, is intended to facilitate the availability and disclosure of benchmarking data for energy consumption for all nonresidential buildings in California. AB 1103 requires owners of “nonresidential” property in California to disclose ESPM benchmarking data and ratings for the most recent 12-month period to any “prospective buyer, lessee of the entire building, or lender that would finance the entire building.” The disclosure requirement only applies to “nonresidential buildings,” meaning any building which (i) “is heated or cooled in its interior” and (ii) does not fall into an excluded occupancy type.2 The following are examples of excluded occupancy types: hotels, apartment houses, dwellings, lodging houses, private garages, carports, sheds and agricultural buildings. The following are examples of included occupancy types: stadiums, theaters, educational buildings, hospitals, prisons, nursing homes for ambulatory patients, nurseries, office buildings, wholesale and retail stores, restaurants, factories and power plants.
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- ENERGY USE BENCHMARKING ORDINANCE – The ordinance that would require the city’s largest buildings to benchmark their energy use and authorize the City to disclose the energy efficiency for these buildings publicly. Under the proposed ordinance, the approximately 3,500 commercial, residential, and municipal buildings over 50,000 square
feet would be required to track and verify energy consumption using EPA Portfolio Manager. Commercial and municipal buildings would report in two batches.
The first group, consisting of buildings larger than 250,000 square feet would first report in June 2014. The second group, consisting of buildings that fall between 50,000-250,000 square feet, would first report in June 2015. Residential buildings within each of these two groups of covered buildings would have an additional year to comply with the ordinance, with buildings with more than 250,000 square feet first reporting in June 2015 and buildings in the 50,000-250,000 square feet range first reporting in 2016. Public disclosure of energy efficiency data for each group could not occur until one year after the compliance date.
Failure to comply with the Ordinance will subject the owner to a fine of up to $100 for the first violation and an additional fine of up to $25 per day that the particular violation continues.
The Ordinance does not require owners of certain types of buildings to participate in the benchmarking. The Ordinance does not mandate benchmarking where more than 10% of the building is used for industrial facilities, storage units, or hazardous use units. In addition, the commissioner may, for any particular calendar year, exempt the owner of a building from benchmarking if the building is presently facing financial distress,3 the building had average physical occupancy of less than 50% for the benchmarking period, or the building was newly constructed and the certificate of occupancy was issued during that same calendar year.
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- Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance – Local law ordinance requiring all city and select non-city owned buildings to perform annual energy benchmarking and reporting to the City of Boston. No later than the 15th of May each year building owners subject to this ordinance will be required to report to the City of the previous calendar year’s energy and water performance as well as other building characteristics in order to calculate energy use intensity. Buildings subject to this requirement are: (1) Every non-residential building greater than 50,000 sqft or two or more buildings on the same parce that equal or exceed 50,000 sqft. shall begin submitting no later than May 15, 2014. (2) Every non-residential building greater than 25,000 sqft but less than 50,000 sqft shall begin reporting no later than May 15, 2016. (3) Every residential building of 50 units or greater, or 50,000 gross sqft shall begin reporting May 15, 2015. (4) For every residential building greater than 25,000 sqft or 25 units shall begin reporting May 15, 2017.
An energy audit, satisfying ASHRAE Level 2 requirements, shall be required after 5 years for the first required energy reporting period and every five year perod afterward.
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- Building Energy Benchmarking Law Sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Councilman Jim Kenney,
Bill No. 124028 passed unanimously on June 21, 2012 and was signed into law by Nutter in August 2012. It requires owners/operators of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet of indoor floor space (or mixed-use buildings where at least 50,000 square feet of indoor space is devoted to commercial use) to disclose annual energy usage and water consumption, which will be made available online. The compliance deadline for reporting building energy and water consumption will be Oct. 31. Fines for failure to comply will go into effect after Oct. 31.
Philadelphia became the sixth city in the U.S. to require mandatory benchmarking in 2012, joining Austin, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Since then, Minneapolis and Boston have passed similar laws.
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