CA AB 802 is a statewide requirement for energy benchmarking of buildings (commercial and residential buildings over 50,000 square feet) in California. Since its implementation in 2016, eligible property owners are mandated to submit an Energy Benchmark Report to the California Energy Commission by June 1st each year.
What is the Energy Benchmark Report? Benchmarking involves tracking a building's performance against a predefined standard. It entails comparing energy, water, or waste usage metrics of a building to those of similar buildings. The efficiency of a building is calculated by dividing the energy use intensity (EUI) by its square footage.
The Energy Benchmark Report is a comparison of EUI between similar properties, adjusted for intensity-of-use and weather zone.
Owners of buildings that meet the following criteria are required to comply with the law:
Certain exceptions eliminate the requirement to submit an Energy Benchmark Report. These exceptions apply to:
According to the bill, failure to comply with the reporting requirements may result in civil penalties ranging from $500 to $2,000 per day for each category of data not provided, as well as for each day the violation persists.
Building owners who fail to submit the report on time are granted a 30-day grace period after receiving notification of the violation.
Are there any fees associated with creating the report? There are no costs involved if owners choose to comply on their own. The ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a free tool that building owners can utilize to create the energy usage report.
California Assembly Bill 802 is not merely a formality; it is a legally binding requirement that must be strictly followed by building owners. Compliance can yield various benefits beyond avoiding fines.
The steps to comply with CA AB 802 are as follows:
Energy311 handles AB 802 compliance for customers. For others:
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