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Benchmarking DSM

Across the country in large cities, buildings often account for the majority of energy use and carbon pollution. In effort to create a more energy-aware community and reduce energy waste, the Des Moines City Council passed on June 3, 2019, the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance requiring building owners of buildings 25,000 sq. ft or larger to benchmark their energy and water usage. Read the ordinance

New to benchmarking? If so, you will need to use Energy Star Portfolio Manager as your benchmarking tool. 

Start by downloading the  Benchmarking 101 info sheet and the Benchmarking Compliance Checklist 

               Find your building id/list of buildings required to comply       

Not required, but want to benchmark? Email us  to get started.

         Update your contact information        

                    Apply for exemption                    

   Request Aggregated Data from Utilities   

 How-to Benchmark (Training Resources)

Ready to report your data to the City? Click the box below if you are using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. If you are using Iowa B3 Benchmarking, ensure your data is up to date for 2019. Iowa B3 will send your submitted data to the City on May 1, 2020. 


Want help benchmarking?
Attend a free hands-on assistance open lab session. All sessions will be held at the Des Moines Central Library computer lab (1000 Grand Ave). Parking is free in the library garage for up to two hours.

Registration required. Sign up for a session at:

Sessions available for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager users. Hosted by The Energy Group - New users select these sessions

  • Tuesday, February 4 from 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Thursday, February 6 from 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Tuesday, February 18 from 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Thursday, February 20 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Sessions available for Iowa B3 Benchmarking Program users: Hosted by IEDA and Willdan - only available to user that already have a B3 account

  • Tuesday, February 4 from 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Thursday, February 6 from 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Tuesday, February 25 from 10 AM – 12 PM - being converted to an Energy Star session
  • Thursday, March 5 from 1 PM – 3 PM - being converted to an Energy Star session