by Gabe Hanson / Weber Thompson Architects
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Energy Benchmarking Education and Training Support
The How to Guide includes the four steps to benchmark buildings using ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager including signing up for utilities' automated benchmarking services (if desired) and reporting to the city. Whether using an existing Portfolio Manager account or starting fresh, our guide can help owners and managers comply.
Visit the How to Comply page to follow the guide online or download a PDF version.
Visit the Deadlines and Enforcement page or review the Energy Benchmarking & Disclosure Director's Rule 6-2011 for the specific requirements for compliance with the ordinance.
The City of Seattle offers in person workshops and technical assistance. Sign-up for Email Updates (see right) to be notified of program updates and training opportunities.
These hands-on computer-based workshops teach how to benchmark a building’s energy performance using the free on-line tool ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Participants learn about the ordinance reporting requirements and new automated benchmarking services from Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and Seattle Steam. Participants can learn with sample data, or bring their own building data to get started. Visit the How to Comply page for the current schedule.
Drop-in help is available each Wednesday from 11am – 1pm at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 18th floor, Room 1880.
Technical support is available five days a week to assist you in benchmarking your building and complying with Seattle's new program. E-mail your questions or call the helpline directly. You will be responded to within 48 hours (2 business days).
To save owners and managers the effort of manually entering data each month, Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and Seattle Steam offer a direct upload of a building’s summarized utility consumption data to Portfolio Manager. Step 3 of the How to Guide shows how to set this up. Since utilities have up to 60 days to upload utility data, we recommend starting to comply with the benchmarking program well before the deadlines.
Contacts for utility-related questions:
The EPA and The City of Seattle developed a pre-recorded webinar to demonstrate how to benchmark a building's energy performance using Portfolio Manager. Instruction includes how to request automated benchmarking services from utilities and how to annually report to the City of Seattle. Watch the entire webinar (1.5 hours) or just the sections below.
NOTE: To view the webinar, the internet browser will take a few moments to install the WebEx viewer, which is not harmful to computers. Follow the installation instructions as prompted.
Webinar Topic Modules
This video was recorded during an open house at Seattle City Hall on March 17, 2011. It provides an introduction to and background on the program.
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