What is ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager?

ENERGY STAR®  Portfolio Manager is a free online tool developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) that allows you to track and assess energy and water use across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. With Portfolio Manager, you can calculate the building's energy performance, compare it with similar buildings and monitor it over time. When you benchmark a building in Portfolio Manager, one of the key metrics you'll see is energy use intensity, or EUI.

The EUI expresses a building’s energy use as a function of its size or other characteristics. For most property types in Portfolio Manager, the EUI is expressed as energy per square foot per year. It’s calculated by dividing the total energy consumed by the building in one year by square footage. For many building types, Portfolio Manager calculates the ENERGY STAR® rating, which indicates how efficiently buildings use energy on a 1-100 scale, where a score of 50 indicates average energy performance. Buildings with a score of 75 or better are top performers and may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR® certification. Some building types are currently not eligible to receive an ENERGY STAR® score, but can still benefit from benchmarking, as Portfolio Manager calculates other energy performance metrics such as EUI. 

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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?
11. I am in the process of selling (or have sold) a property that falls under the Building IQ ordinance. What am I required to do?
12. What is a Unique Building Identifier (UBID)?