Why does the City want to know the energy and water use of my building?

The City’s building stock is one of its greatest assets. Benchmarking energy and water usage allows building managers to obtain a baseline understanding of their building’s resource usage, compare that to peer buildings and other buildings in their portfolio, and to target improvements which will enhance their buildings’ operations. The results for building owners are buildings with lower operating costs, higher occupancy, less turnover, and greater resale value. The results for the City are buildings that are more efficient and more desirable, attracting new businesses and residents.

In addition to the economic benefit of benchmarking, there are real human health and wellness benefits to more efficient buildings. For one, the climate in South Florida is very hot and projected to get even hotter. Palm Beach County can anticipate an average of 121 days with a heat index above 100°F by 2050. Being able to efficiently and inexpensively cool building will become even more important and reduce the energy cost burden for residents and businesses adjusting to higher temperatures.

Building energy benchmarking is also a recognized best practice for reaching greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The City Council of Boca Raton has set a target of greenhouse gas emission reduction of 63% by 2030 and net zero before 2050. Building energy use accounts for nearly half (49.1%) of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. An analysis of high impact actions necessary to meet the City’s targets found that reducing energy use of 5% of commercial and 5% of residential square footage by 20%, along with actions in other sectors, will get the City to its goal.

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1. What is the overall goal of the Building Energy Efficiency Program?
2. What is benchmarking?
3. Who can participate?
4. How much time will I need to commit to participate and what are the requirements for participation?
5. What does it mean to demonstrate commitment from leadership?
6. What data will be required?
7. Will the City disclose my building's ENERGY STAR Score or Energy Use Intensity?
8. What are the costs to participating in the Building Energy Efficiency Program?
9. Will buildings be required to take any actions other than reporting?
10. Our score was lower than we wanted! What steps can we take right away to improve our energy effciency?
11. Do I need to report water usage?
12. How do I obtain energy use data?
13. Can a single owner or manager participate with multiple buildings?
14. When is my property eligible for incentives? May I receive incentives on multiple properties?
15. Does the age of my building matter?
16. I already benchmark my properties in Portfolio Manager. Am I eligible to participate?
17. My property is a complex or multi-use facility that includes multiple buildings and meters. Can I participate?
18. The tenants of my building have individual meters and pay their own utility bills. Can I participate?
19. How will the program run after the initial pilot year?
20. Why does the City want to know the energy and water use of my building?
21. I've never used ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. How do I learn?