California City & State Efficiency Ordinances


Ordinance Overview

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What is it?

The ordinance is a mandatory energy & water benchmarking & efficiency requirement for all commercial and multi-family buildings in Los Angeles over 20,000 SF (see detailed compliance schedule below).  The goals of the ordinance are to help property owners save resources through energy and water reductions, to help the city become a leader in GHG emissions reduction, and create jobs in energy and water efficiency. A summary of the two types of compliance and how TEEMWorks can help you comply:

  1. ENERGY STAR® energy and water benchmarking reports are due annually for all covered buildings (as with AB802).
  2. The 5 year energy & water use report varies based on your buildings performance. Efficient or certified buildings become exempt based on performance level. See “Path to Compliance” detail below.

Who must comply?

Existing multi-family and commercial real estate within the LADWP territory. See Table 1 for exemptions.

How do I comply?

Building owners or their authorized agent will be required to submit both their benchmarking report (annually) and energy & water use report (every 5 years) to the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.

Starting when?

The benchmarking requirement began in 2017 and now applies to all covered buildings 20,000 SF and above. Initial performance report due dates begin in 2020 and are staggered based on building type/size and AIN number.


Assembly Bill 802

Assemblymember Das Williams’ Assembly Bill (AB) 802 was passed in October, 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. with the first benchmarking requirement due June 1, 2018. It replaces non-residential energy use disclosure program AB 1103, which ended December 31, 2015.

How AB802 will work: commercial and multi-family properties will be required to benchmark and disclose their building’s energy use to the CEC on an annual basis. Concurrently, the bill aims to make data acquisition more streamlined and authorizes the utility to create, track and measure consumption data toward their own mandated efficiency goals.

How and When to Comply

  •  Buildings 50,000+ SF with active commercial utility account(s) must submit an ENERGY STAR® benchmarking report annually stating June 1, 2018
  • Buildings with 17 or more active residential utility accounts must submit an ENERGY STAR® benchmarking report annually starting June 1, 2019
  • Utility data requests for aggregated data must be made by March 1 of each compliance year
  • The City of LA will submit data on behalf of the owner/agent, to the state of CA for buildings in compliance with the Los Angeles Existing Buildings Energy & Water Efficiency (EBEWE) program. Other CA cities with local benchmarking requirements may do the same. Please check with your local officials.


AB 802 vs. AB 1103:

AB 802 Compliance

TEEMWorks can complete your benchmarking requirement, and now will also maintain your compliance on an annual recurring basis, as required by AB 802. Contact us to get started.