How to Comply
Learn How to Comply
Multifamily and non-residential buildings 20,000 sf or larger must be accurately 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 2014 data, please use the following documents to update for 2015 data:
Data Accuracy Requirements
Starting in 2015, reports with unusually low or high (outlier) EUIs and buildings using "default values" for the ENERGY STAR score will be required to make corrections.
- Data Verification Factsheet (updated 3/21/16)
- Correcting Default Values - Commercial Spaces (new 3/21/16)
- Correcting Default Values - Multifamily Spaces (new 3/21/16)
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 use per square foot), and set up your building to share the EUI with the City.
- Compliance Checklist (updated 01/2016)
- How to Guide (updated 01/2016)
- Property Use Details Worksheet for ENERGY STAR Eligible Buildings
Utility Contacts to Obtain Energy Use Data
- Seattle City Light - Energy Usage Data
SCL_Portfolio_Manager@Seattle.gov OR 206-684-7557
- Puget Sound Energy - MyData Energy Usage
email@example.com OR 425-424-6486
- Enwave Seattle (Seattle Steam) - Energy Star Reporting
- How to Benchmark a Campus (EPA guide to use with Seattle How to Guide, if you have a "campus" style property)
- Data Center Benchmarking FAQs (EPA guide)
- Data Center definition (EPA guide)
- Buildings Required and Exemptions
- Director's Rule 6-2011 - Defines the specific requirements for compliance with the ordinance.
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: It is the responsibility of the building owner on record to confirm accurate annual compliance. Reports with unusually low or high (outlier) EUIs or other errors will be flagged for accuracy and required to make corrections.