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What is Benchmarking?
Benchmarking a building is measuring its energy and water use and using that data to compare its performance over time as well as to compare it to similar buildings. Benchmarking allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s relative energy and water performance as well as wastage. They can use that information to make strategic decisions that will potentially save money and energy while improving comfort and health.
Why is the ordinance important?
In Des Moines, buildings account for 56% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
As part of a long-term climate action planning effort, the City is considering this ordinance to help identify the level of efficiency in large buildings across Des Moines.
Data provided to the City through this ordinance will help Council and staff make informed decisions about programs and incentives that may help enhance efficiency in Des Moines existing buildings, saving building owners money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Who is impacted?
The energy and water benchmarking and transparency ordinance was passed by City Council on June 3, 2019. A link to the ordinance can be found HERE.
Commercial, City, and multifamily buildings larger than 25,000 square feet will be required to benchmark for the first time by June 1st, 2020 and yearly thereafter.
When would the ordinance take effect?
The ordinance specifies:
Initial Reporting Due Date:
- City buildings June 1, 2019 (for 2018 data)
- Non-city buildings May 1, 2020 (for 2019 data)
Initial Data Published to City’s Website:
- City buildings May 1, 2020
- Non-city buildings data July 1, 2022