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Those who manage large commercial and multi-family buildings can expect to start benchmarking in 2022 per a new City ordinance. The exact square footage of buildings required to benchmark and by when is still being discussed by Aspen City Council. The City and our partners are available to help you get started and sustain your benchmarking goals.
We are hopeful that the program will begin in the spring of 2022. City-owned buildings will comply immediately, then large commercial buildings will be phased in based on square footage. Large multi-family buildings will follow. A final timeline will be determined prior to Aspen City Council’s anticipated program approval in January 2022. The deadline for reporting data wouldn’t be until mid-2023.
To benchmark, building owners will need to coordinate the entry of natural gas, electric, and water utility data into Energy Star Portfolio Manager. This free online tool is currently used by nearly 25% of commercial buildings in the U.S. to benchmark their energy use - turning utility bill information into knowledge you can act on.
There is no charge to the building owners or to the City of Aspen to use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager platform to benchmark.
In addition to it soon being a law in Aspen, there are multiple reasons benchmarking benefits you and the community. Through the Building IQ program, building owners can expect to: