The Los Angeles Building Energy Benchmarking and Water Efficiency Program (EBEWE) is the City of Los Angeles’ local benchmarking disclosure and performance ordinance. In effect since 2017, the goal of the law is to identify and reduce energy and water consumption in LA’s existing multifamily, commercial, and industrial buildings that are 20,000 sq. ft. and above. EBEWE requires owners of large buildings benchmark their building’s energy usage and report it to the City of Los Angeles. The City will then publish this data online so that owners can see how each building compares to its peers.
EBEWE covers buildings greater than 20,000 square feet (7,500 square feet for buildings owned by the City).
EBEWE requires annual energy and water consumption reports from each building. Building owners must authorize their utility providers to record and upload their building’s energy data to EPA’s Portfolio Manager.
Buildings that do not comply with the Existing Building Energy & Water Efficiency Program by the deadline will be publicly disclosed and may be charged a compounding fine.