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Benchmarking DSM

Across the country in large cities, buildings often account for the majority of energy use and carbon emissions. 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 owners of buildings 25,000 sq. ft or larger to benchmark their energy and water usage. Read the ordinance

NOTE: Privately-owned buildings owners must use Energy Star Portfolio Manager as your benchmarking tool.

Need help with benchmarking your property? Sign up for a one-on-one  technical assistance session with City staff.

Important Update: Due to the impacts of Covid-19, the deadline for reporting has been extended to December 31, 2020

To learn more about COVID-19 accommodations for the 2019 building energy and water use
reporting cycle click the box below: 


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Start by downloading the  Benchmarking 101 info sheet and the Benchmarking Compliance Checklist .
If your building has more than four tenants, watch this video about aggregated data services from utilities to learn how to get your building usage data.

               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. 


Instructions on how to report your data. (PDF) 

2019 City of Des Moines building energy and water benchmarking data is now live. Click the box below to view the data and learn more about how City buildings are performing.

2019 City Building Energy and Water Use Data