Reminder to building owners and managers in the City of Ann Arbor. If you have covered properties that are over 100,000 sq. ft, you have to summit their Energy and Water Benchmarking Report by June 1st of 2022.
The City of Ann Arbor's City Council unanimously adopted the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance (City Code 104) in October 2021. The ordinance requires that building owners and managers of buildings greater than 20,000 square feet benchmark - or track - their building's energy and water use. This data is reported annually to the City of Ann Arbor through the EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.
Benchmarking is an easy way for buildings to measure and manage their energy and water use. The ordinance will help improve the energy efficiency of large buildings across Ann Arbor. Building owners will be able to look across their portfolio to identify opportunities for energy and financial savings, and understand how their buildings are performing relative to buildings of similar characteristics.
The ordinance creates information that will enable better decision-making around building energy use. By providing reliable data to building owners and tenants and consistent information to the market, benchmarking and transparency leads to average energy savings of 2 - 3 percent each year.
If you are a building owners or managers, Ann Arbor 2030 Districts would love to help you get started benchmarking your buildings! We are currently offering a grant towards a Building Energy audit for qualifying buildings. If interested CLICK HERE to apply!
We also have a page of resources to help you down the path towards making your buildings more green. Check them out HERE.
Learn more about how benchmarking benefits our community and what the process entails click on the links below: