How to Comply
Learn How to Comply
Multifamily and non-residential buildings 20,000 sf or larger must be benchmarked and reported to the City of Seattle by April 1st of each year (for the prior year's energy use). You must also provide an energy disclosure report if a tenant, buyer or other qualified party requests it from you.
Updating a Building that Reported Last Year?
Building owners must annually update their Portfolio Manager account and confirm compliance for annual reporting by April 1st. If you reported 2013 data, please use the following documents to update for 2014 data:
First Time Benchmarking & Reporting?
Learn how to use Portfolio Manager to obtain energy use data from the utilities, determine the building's energy use intensity or EUI (annual energy used per square foot), and set up your building to share the EUI with the City.
- How to Benchmark a Campus (EPA guide to use with Seattle How to Guide, if you have a "campus" style property)
- Buildings Required and Exemptions
- Director's Rule 6-2011 - Defines the specific requirements for compliance with the ordinance.
- Utility Contacts & Websites
- PSE Customer Data Release Form (required by PSE if less than 5 tenants)
- PSE Data Release Cover Letter (helps explain PSE requirement to tenants)
- Learn Your Apartment or Condo Building's ENERGY STAR Score!
Prefer to hire a pro to benchmark?
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC), a non-profit energy efficiency trade association, maintains a directory of businesses that can benchmark buildings and help owners use the building's energy data to make informed decisions about energy and money saving upgrades.
Disclaimer: Annual compliance with the City of Seattle Energy Benchmarking & Reporting ordinance is the responsibility of the building owner on record to confirm.