In 2010 the city of Seattle enacted Seattle Municipal Code 22.920. It requires all non-residential, multifamily and mixed use buildings greater than 20,000 sq. ft. to report their annual energy use as well as make this information available upon request. This is called "energy benchmarking."
This work needs to be completed every year by April 1st for the previous calendar year. Buildings not energy benchmarked by the deadline can have their building owner(s) fined from $500 to $1000 for every quarter they are out of compliance per Ordinances 123226 and 123993.
Energy Benchmarking Services can gather your building's energy-related information, enter it properly into the designated online tool, ensure that you can provide energy use reports upon request, and quickly complete this before the upcoming deadline. And we can help you maintain compliance on-going so your building is always in line with the city's energy benchmarking ordinances.
For a free consultation contact Michael Jones, Energy Benchmarking Services, at 206-245-8737 or mj@EnergyBenchmarkingServices.com
Set-up Service: Sets up energy reporting for your building(s) - Allow Energy Benchmarking Services to complete the following steps for you to ensure that your reporting is done correctly and timely:
These steps require the collection and management of relevant data, much like doing your taxes. Energy Benchmarking Services will save you the time and effort of doing this, while ensuring that your building's energy use has been reported accurately and is in compliance with the city's Energy Benchmarking ordinance.
Set-up Service Pricing: The basic building required to be benchmarked is one that is 20,000 sq ft and uses only Seattle City Light electricity as an energy source. It would take a new user approximately 20-30 hours to learn and complete the benchmarking work for this type of building. Energy Benchmarking Services's charge for this basic building configuration is $660.
Variations from this configuration in the following areas will add incrementally to the cost of the work (or to the time for a new user to complete the work):
Annual Compliance Service: Ensures that your building's energy reporting remains compliant throughout the year - Allow Energy Benchmarking Services to maintain your building's online energy benchmarking account, and ensure that it is ready for the city's annual audit each April. This includes:
Annual Compliance Service Pricing: Is a percentage of the initial setup price
Please Note: requests for energy benchmarking services within one month of a reporting deadline cannot be guaranteed to be completed prior to the deadline due to the varying response times of all the involved parties: City of Seattle, Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, and Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. However a good faith effort will be made to complete the work prior to the deadline.