Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

San Francisco Environment Code Chapter 20
Benchmark and Audit
Non-residential buildings must benchmark energy use every year, and get an energy audit every five years. This ensures decision-makers can compare performance to other buildings, and have a plan for cost effective improvement.
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Benchmarking tracks and annually summarizes the energy used by an entire building, enabling tracking of trends and comparison to similar buildings under similar conditions across the nation.


Energy audits identify specific opportunities for savings, detail costs vs. benefits, and help prioritize investments.

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Additional Information for Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance

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Environment Code Chapter 20 (Full Text)
Environment Code Chapter 20 is San Francisco's Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.
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