Energize Denver Benchmarking

What is energize Denver Benchmarking Ordinance ?

The Energize Denver Ordinance mandates that properties of sizable structures must assess and disclose their buildings’ energy consumption to the City of Denver. Subsequently, the City will make this information available on the internet, enabling owners to assess their building’s performance relative to others.

What buildings are required per Energize Denver's ordinance?

  • buildings in the City of Denver and Denver County over 25,000 square feet
  • Starting in 2023, manufacturing, agricultural, and industrial buildings are also required to benchmark for the first time (deadline: December 1).

Additionally, buildings will have to meet two interim performance targets in 2025 and 2027. These interim performance targets will help you reach your final performance target in 2030.

Your building may qualify for an exemption from reporting if:

  • Not occupied; didn’t have Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or temp CO for all 12 months of the calendar year for which benchmarking is required

  • Not occupied, due to renovation, for all 12 months of the benchmarking calendar year

  • Demolition permit issued for the entire building; demo work commenced on or before 6/1 benchmarking deadline

  • Building is presently experiencing financial distress: (i) Tax lien sale or public auction due to property tax arrangements (ii) Controlled by a court-appointed receiver; or (iii) Been acquired by a deed in lieu of foreclosure

  • Avg physical occupancy < 60% during calendar year benchmarking is required

  • Used primarily (energy ≥ 50%) for industrial or agricultural processes

What is the penalty for non-compliance?

Failure to meet the June 1st deadline for compliance with the regulations may result in a penalty of $2,000 for non-compliant buildings.

What is the benchmarking compliance process?

The Energize Denver Ordinance mandates the submission of annual reports on energy consumption from every building. Building owners are required to provide their energy usage data to the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a reporting tool facilitating a comparative analysis of their building’s energy efficiency against similar buildings. 

Owners are obligated to verify their data through a third party:

 To complete the reporting process, it is essential to submit the third-party data verification along with Benchmarking Report. 

How do I check if my building is in compliance with benchmarking?

Look-up your Denver Building ID or address in the Performance Requirements Lookup Tool to see if your building(s) still needs to comply.

What is the deadline for Energize Denver Energy Benchmarking Compliance?

Commercial and residential buildings greater than 25,000 square feet must submit their report by June 1st. For 2023, MAI buildings (manufacturing, agricultural, and industrial) have a deadline extension to December 1.

What utilities are required for benchmarking reporting?

  • Electricity
  • Natural Gas
  • District Energy
  • Any other purchased fuel

What is the purpose for Denver Energy benchmarking ordinance?

The establishment of the Energize Denver Ordinance is geared toward enhancing the market value of energy efficiency. Its objective is to achieve annual energy usage savings in the range of 2-3%.

Interested in benchmarking help?

    If you are interested to learn more how Energy Fave can help with Energy benchmarking for your building or if you have more questions about the whole reporting process, feel free to email us: [email protected]