How will I and my building benefit from benchmarking?

By providing information about a building’s energy use and comparing its performance to similar buildings, benchmarking empowers building owners, managers, and other stakeholders to make more informed decisions, identify opportunities to improve energy and water use in their buildings, and save money. Evidence of these benefits is already available: by analyzing data from over 35,000 buildings that used the free EPA tool, ENERGY STAR®  Portfolio Manager and received an ENERGY STAR® score from 2008 to 2011, US EPA found that average energy use declined by 7%. For more benchmarking trends, visit US EPA’s DataTrends Series, found at www.EnergyStar.gov/DataTrends.  

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1. Who will be required to benchmark, and by when?
2. Do single-family, duplex, or triplex residential homes have to comply?
3. What do building owners need to do to benchmark and comply with this ordinance?
4. How do I get my utility bills to enter the data into Portfolio Manager?
5. Is my building on the list of commercial properties 20,000 square feet or larger?
6. How much will it cost?
7. How will I and my building benefit from benchmarking?
8. What is ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager?
9. Can I use another tool besides ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager?
10. I have questions about the ordinance, who do I contact?