California Assembly Bill 802
In October 2015, the State of California passed Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802) to ensure building owners could obtain their building's energy use data from utilities, and track energy consumption in their buildings. The purpose of AB 802 is to help building owners, tenants, and others better understand the energy consumption of their buildings through standardized energy use metrics.
Energy Benchmark - Required Annually by June 1
Owners of "disclosable" buildings must report the annual energy performance of their building every year based on results from the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (ESPM) benchmarking system. The official report must be submitted to the California Energy Commission by June 1 each year based on the total energy used during the previous calendar year.
Who must comply?
The details of which buildings must comply and which are exempt can get confusing, but Boone Energy can help building owners sort through the regulation and determine whether they must comply or not. Simply put, buildings greater than 50,000 gross square feet generally must comply with AB 802. There are some notable exemptions:
- Properties with 1 to 16 residential utility accounts;
- Condominium projects;
- Building where more than half of the building area is used for (1) scientific experiments requiring controlled environments, or (2) manufacturing or industrial purposes;
- Buildings scheduled to be demolished one year or less from the reporting date;
- Buildings that have already complied with the annual benchmarking required from an approved local jurisdiction (currently Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Francisco) do not need to also file with the State of California.
If you have any properties over 50,000 gross square feet, then please give us a call and we will be glad to help you determine if you must comply with AB 802 or not.
How can Boone Energy help?
Unlike most benchmarking services, Boone Energy does more than just enter data and run a report, we strive to offload as much of the effort from the property owner as possible. Through our annual subscription service we constantly monitor the building throughout the year and proactively begin work on each year's benchmark as soon as the data is available. With Boone Energy's benchmarking service you won't have to worry about keeping your building compliant. What we provide:
- Benchmarks are performed using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (ESPM) benchmarking system as required by the State of California.
- Collection of all available property, utility and tenant information necessary to perform the benchmark.
- Creation and/or update of the building’s profile in ESPM including any relevant subspaces.
- Ensure all current energy usage data as provided by the appropriate utility company(s) has been loaded into ESPM either manually or through automated web services when available.
- Review, validation and finalization of benchmarking data generated by ESPM.
- Submission of benchmark results to the California Energy Commission.
- Delivery of an owner's annual benchmark report including all relevant results from ESPM.