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San Jose Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO)

SJ Energy and Water Performance Ordinance (BPO)

San Jose BPO requires owners of non-residential and multifamily buildings that are 20,000 ft­² and over to report their annual energy consumption and water use annually. BPO requirements are the followings:​

Annual Energy and Water Benchmarking - Due May 1st Annually

  • Benchmarking Reports: All non-residential and multifamily buildings over 20,000 ft­² are required to submit their buildings' energy benchmark report through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager website annually. 

  • Benchmarking Report Submission Fee: Invoice of $150 benchmarking report submission fee is sent to building owners and is due 30 days of the invoice day.

Beyond Benchmarking Requirements - STARTING in 2023!

Starting 2023, buildings over 20,000 ft­² will be subject to the new Beyond Benchmarking Requirements, which requires buildings to meet certain Energy and Water Performance Standards. Buildings not meeting the standards will comply by one of the following options:

  • Conducting an ASHARE Level II Energy Audit and Water Audit;

  • Performing an Energy Retro-commissioning and Water Retro-commissioning; or,

  • Adopting Efficiency Improvement Measures

How We Can Help

  • We have experienced Energy Engineers who performed hundreds of benchmarking.

  • We will submit all the required paperwork, work with utilities, and answer questions from the city on your behalf.

  • Assessments Deferrals and Exemptions - Energy and water assessments can be deferred or exempted if certain criteria are met and we will work with owners to determine their eligibility.

Get Started!

For additional information, contact us at or call us at 415-534-1600 to have all your benchmarking and energy assessments questions answered.

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