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Benchmarking DSM

2020 Benchmarking Data Reporting Updates 
The Des Moines City Council recently passed an amendment to the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance. The changes include updates to key program dates and deadlines. Notifications will be sent to property owners with more information in Spring 2021. Stay tuned for more updates.

Ordinance Change Amendment Description Original Dates Revised Dates
Annual Data Reporting Deadline Deadlines permanently extended for all future reporting cycles  Annually on May 1st  Annually on July 1st
Annual Exemption Request Deadline Deadlines permanently extended for yearly exemption requests  Annually on March 1st Annually on May 1st
Property Data Published to Benchmarking Website Publishing of data to the public extended for private properties July 1, 2022 December 31, 2022

Benchmarking Training Opportunities

Curious where to start? Want to learn how to generate energy and water savings opportunities for your properties? Join one of our upcoming trainings this year and learn how to start building value for your organization.



Date and Time

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Benchmarking 101

This webinar will cover the basics of building benchmarking. We'll provide program updates, review key dates, and answer your questions.

April 7, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Benchmarking 101

This webinar will cover the basics of building benchmarking. We'll provide program updates, review key dates, and answer your questions.

April 14, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Portfolio Manager 101

Learn how to create a portfolio and property, enter and submit data, and basic data reporting features.

April 16, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM

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Benchmarking Data Jam

Learn to make your data work for you. We'll teach you how to run reports, analyze data, and start finding savings opportunities. We'll also help answer your data questions.
(Minimum of 10 attendees required)

April 27, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM



Energy Star Online Training Opportunities

Want to learn how to save money and energy for your properties using Portfolio Manager? Energy Star is offering a series of webinars over the next few months to help you maximize the value of reporting. Sign up below:

Part 1: A Beginners Guide to Using Portfolio Manger for Benchmarking Law Compliance

Part 2: Using Benchmarking Results to Understand Your Building's Performance

Part 3: To Efficiency & Beyond! How to Benefit from Benchmarking Compliance with Strategies for Improving Energy Performance
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.

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


**Questions? Email 

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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.


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 the year you wish to report. 


Report Your 2020 Data

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