Energy Benchmarking

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.

Please note: 2019 benchmarking reports were due July 1st, 2020. In response to the ongoing pandemic, owners will have until 1/1/2021 before enforcement action is pursued.   

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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.


Check Your Compliance Status for 2019 Reporting 

The online portal is now available to check compliance for 2019 Energy Benchmarking reports. Once you have completed the Annual Update Checklist, you can check your building's compliance status at the Seattle Energy Benchmarking Compliance Portal. To check your status, you will need your Seattle OSE Building ID or Portfolio Manager User Name.  Reports with possible errors will require additional verification to be considered compliant. More information on data accuracy requirements here

Enforcement Action for Non-Compliant Buildings

In response to the ongoing pandemic, owners will have until 1/1/2021 before enforcement action is pursued. At that time, owners that remain non-compliant with SMC 22.920 will be subject to 2nd quarter fines based on building size. See enforcement for more information. 

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, 20172018, and 2019

  • Find additional information on data transparency and summary data tables here
  • Explore the 2015 - 2018 data on our data visualization site here