Understanding San Francisco Commercial Energy RequirementsSimilar to many existing Energy programs, the City of San Francisco has two requirements: 1. Existing Building Energy Ordinance (EBEO) and 2. Energy Audit. In this article we are going to cover the difference between the two reports and their requirements.
SF Existing Buildings Energy Ordinance (EBO) and Energy Audit (ASHRAE Level I and II): The Golden Duo
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What Is the Existing Buildings Energy Ordinance (EBO)?
In 2010 the City of San Francisco launched an Energy Benchmark program called the Existing Buildings Energy Ordinance, or the SF EBO. The EBO program states that by April 1st of each year, non-residential buildings 10,000+ sq. ft. and multifamily residential buildings 50,000+ sq. ft. are required to report their aggregated Electric, Gas, and Steam usage from the previous calendar year. Based on the Energy data provided and the property’s details, the property receives a score ranging from 1-100 indicating how “Energy Efficient” the property is in comparison to properties of similar type and size.
Failure to meet the April 1st deadline will be displayed on the city’s public website and a written notice will be mailed. If after 45-days of the written notice being sent out, the city’s Department of Environment holds the right to fine buildings still marked as “Not Complied” as they see fit. Buildings less than 25,000 sq. ft can face fines of $50/day and up to $1,500 max, while those 25,000+ sq. ft. can be fined $100/day and a maximum of $2,500.
There are two scenarios in which a building can be found exempt from filing: the building is newly developed or had been unoccupied or vacant during the previous calendar year in which data would be reporting. If you believe your building should be exempt for any reason other than the two listed, then you can contact the city at firstname.lastname@example.org. When filing for an EBO excemption, you will need to provide the city with the following information: current owner contact information, building’s Assesor Parcel Number (APN), building’s gross sq. ft., and reason you believe you are exempt from the program. To locate your APN, refer to the city’s site: http://propertymap.sfplanning.org/.
The SF Energy Audits – ASHRAE Level I and II
- 1. The building received an Energy Star in the past 3-5 years or a LEED certification in the past 5 year
- 2. The building is newly constructed in the past 5-years
- 3. The building was vacant during the caldendar year prior to your Audit deadline
- 4. The building is going through a financial hardship (i.e. foreclosure and for sale under a public auction)
To read more on what the Energy Benchmark and Audit process entails, check out Volume 01, 02 and Volume 03 of the Vert Report. The City of San Francisco’s website is another great resource to further educate yourself on the SF EBO and Energy Audit.
Want to get started on meeting your Energy deadlines but don’t know where to start? We can help you! Just click over to VertPro to get started on your EBO and Energy Audit processes. To speak to a representative, you can email us at email@example.com or call 800-585-2690.
To request an Audit proposal on your property, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.