Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking Law (Seattle Municipal Code 22.920) requires owners of non-residential and multifamily buildings (20,000 square feet or larger) to track energy performance and annually report to the City of Seattle. Buildings account for more than one third of Seattle’s core greenhouse gas emissions. The benchmarking policy supports Seattle’s goals to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings. The law:
Benchmarking energy will have a long-term impact on building efficiency in Seattle and will lead to lower business operating costs and more affordable housing. By becoming more efficient and conserving energy, the City will be able to avoid the need for additional power plants and electricity capacity.
This ordinance impacts owners or managers of all nonresidential and multifamily buildings larger than 20,000 square feet.
Building owners are required to submit their previous year’s energy usage reports through EPA’s Portfolio Manager. The Cotocon Group can help you through the process of Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking.