Energy Benchmarking

The benchmarking reporting deadline has been extended to July 1, 2019 for submitting 2018 data. 

Seattle's Energy Benchmarking Program (SMC 22.920) requires owners of non-residential and multifamily buildings (20,000 sf or larger) to track energy performance and annually report to the City of Seattle.

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How to Comply


Benchmark with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to annually report. Learn about disclosure and enforcement.
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Save Energy


Compare your building's energy performance to others in Seattle and get started saving energy and money.


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Why Benchmarking is Required


Learn more about the ordinance, our data analysis and reports, and how Seattle benefits from benchmarking.

NEWS

Warning Letters Issued

Starting July 2, 2019, warning letters will be sent to all non-compliant buildings noting owners have until October 1, 2019 to submit or correct benchmarking reports to avoid enforcement action with assessed fines. Warning letters are mailed to the owner of record and their registered agent. 

Check Compliance Status

Once you have completed the Annual Update Checklist, you can check your building's compliance status at the new Seattle Energy Benchmarking Compliance Portal.

Verification will be required for buildings with possible errors. The City of Seattle is now identifying annual benchmarking reports with possible errors and requiring further review. This applies to buildings with either extremely low or high energy use (outliers), buildings that could be missing a fuel or meters, and buildings with potential errors in reporting square footage.

Click here to check benchmarking compliance

Benchmarking Training in July!

The City of Seattle is offering a free Energy Benchmarking 101 training for participants that are new to the energy benchmarking process or want a refresher. 

Register here for the 7/31/2019 benchmarking training

Building Energy Performance Data

Seattle's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance directs the City to annually share building-specific data with the public beginning with 2015 data. Building data is now available online for 2015, 2016, and 2017

  • Find additional information on data transparency and summary data tables here
  • Explore the 2015, 2016 and 2017 data on our data visualization site here