BuildingRating

Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

Berkeley

Policy Description:

Berkeley Energy Savings Ordinance (No. 7397) was adopted into law by unanimous consent on March 10, 2015. The ordinance will require energy assessments at time of sale for medium, small, and single family buildings, and will phase-in all buildings by building size and year, with the exception of single family homes (1 to 4 units). This energy and water efficiency information will provide Berkeley property owners and potential buyers with an efficiency road map tailored for their building and link them to valuable incentives and resources provided through utility rate-payer efficiency funds. The goal of BESO is to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions to help owners meet their Climate Action goals, save money on utility bills, and improve occupant health and comfort. The current ordinances RECO and CECO (Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance, 1987 and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance, 1994) will be phased out as BESO takes full effect on December 1, 2015.

Authority in Charge:
Office of Energy & Sustainable Development
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Single-Family Less Than or Equal To 4 Dwellings 2015-12-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential, Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2016-10-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential, Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2017-10-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential, Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 15,000 Sq. Feet 2018-10-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential, Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 5,000 Sq. Feet 2019-10-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential, Public/Government ALL 2020-10-01
Exemptions:
Buildings with less than 25,000 Sq. Feet are required to be in compliance at time of sale, or within 12 months when a lender acquired title, or by the dates specified. The requirement at sale may be transferred to the buyer and deferred 12 months under certain provisions. Buildings over 25,000 Sq. Feet required to perform an annual ENERGY STAR Performance Report and an Energy Report every 5 years in accordance with the phase-in schedule and no later than October 1 every year after. Buildings under 25,000 Sq. Feet and larger than 5,000 Sq. Feet are required to perform a Energy Report according to the phase-in schedule and every 8 years after. Buildings under 5,000 Sq. Feet are required to perform a Energy Report according to the phase-in schedule and every 10 years after.
Number of Buildings Affected:
257
Floor Area Affected:
13,700,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Report to Recipient
Recipients:
Tenants, Buyers, Lessees
Transparency Trigger:
Point of Transaction
Frequency:
Annually
Transparency Trigger Events:
Purchase/sell (on demand), Rent (on demand)
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Report to Recipient
Recipients:
Government
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Date Certain
Reporting Frequency:
Annually
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Time of Transaction
Reporting Trigger Events:
Purchase/sell (required), Rent (required)
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Time of Transaction
Reporting Trigger Events:
Purchase/sell (required), Rent (required)

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Additional Program Information:
Audits:
Yes
Upon full implementation, all existing buildings in Berkeley, regardless of size, will be required to undergo an energy audit at the time of sale or within certain time intervals as specified in the ordinance, whichever comes first. Large commercial, multifamily, and mixed-use buildings over 25,000 square feet will be required to report a performance benchmarking score or energy use intensity score annually while conducting and sharing an energy audit every five years or at the time of sale. For medium commercial, multifamily, and mixed-use buildings between 5,000 square feet and 24,999 square feet, energy audits must be conducted every eight years or at the time of sale, and for buildings of this type under 5,000 square feet, an energy audit is required every 10 years or at the time of sale. Performance Exemptions: Certification of high performance; Completion of a multi-measure energy project; Newly built or renovated within prior 10 years
Water Use Tracking:
Yes