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Los Angeles

Policy Description:

On December 13, 2016 the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed the Council File 14-1478, the Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Program. The policy includes an energy and water benchmarking and transparency requirement as well as a requirement to conduct an energy and water audit and retrocommissioning once every five years. 

Enacted Date:
2016
Authority in Charge:
The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 7,500 Sq. Feet 2017-07-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 100,000 Sq. Feet 2017-07-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2018-04-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 20,000 Sq. Feet 2019-04-01
Notes:
After 2017, benchmarking reports for all buildings must be completed by April 1st.
Exemptions:
Benchmarking requirements do not apply to one- and two-family dwellings and related accessory structures; residential hotels as defined by the California Health and Safety Code Section 50519; broadcast antennas; vehicle charging stations; utility pumping stations; treatment facilities; sound stages; structure primarily used for the production and post-production of motion pictures and television; and similar uses; and other buildings not meeting the purpose of this division, as determined by the Department of Building and Safety. The owner of a building subject to this division shall not be required to file a benchmarking report for a reporting year if any of the following conditions apply: 1. The building did not have a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the entire calendar year required to be benchmarked; 2. The entire building was not occupied, due to renovation, for the entire calendar year required to be benchmarked; 3. The demolition permit for the entire building has been issued and demolition work has commenced on or before the date the benchmarking report is due for that calendar year; 4. The building did not receive energy or water services for the entire calendar year required to be benchmarked.
Number of Buildings Affected:
14,000
Floor Area Affected:
900,000,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
No

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
Yes
Notes:
The building owner or the owner's authorized representative shall run all automated data quality checker functions available within ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and shall correct all missing or incorrect information as identified by ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager prior to submitting the benchmarking report to the Department.

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
Yes
Description:
Failure to comply with this division shall subject the owner to noncompliance fees as specified in Section 98.0411 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, except that the amount of the noncompliance fee shall be $202.
Additional Program Information:
Audits:
Yes
An energy and water audit is due once every five years. Energy audits shall meet or exceed ASHRAE Level II audit standards. Exemptions: An energy audit and retrocommissioning is not required if one of the following conditions is met: 1. The building has received ENERGY STAR Certification from the EPA for the year of the building's compliance due date. 2. The building has received ENERGY STAR Certification from the EPA for two of the three years preceding the building's compliance due date. 3. For buildings not eligible to receive an ENERGY STAR score, a California licensed engineer or architect certifies that the energy performance of the building is at least 25% better than the median energy performance of similar buildings by comparing against the national source energy data provided in CBECS. 4. A California licensed engineer or architect certifies that the building has reduced its weather normalized source energy use intensity as calculated by the benchmarking tool by 15% when compared to five years preceding the building's compliance due date. 5. A building which does not have a central cooling system and where four of the following six measures listed in Paragraphs (a) to (f) below were completed within the five-year compliance cycle being reported. A report, certified by a California licensed engineer or architect, detailing the measures performed is required: a) Common area and exterior lighting. Common area (lighting outside of tenant spaces) and exterior lighting fixtures have been installed in accordance with the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. b) Pipe insulation. All exposed pipes that are used to convey heat or hot water have been insulated in accordance with the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. c) Cool roof. A cool roof has been installed in accordance with the Los Angeles Green Building Code and the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. d) Demand response. The building owner has committed to participate in a utility sponsored demand response program. e) Solar thermal. A solar water heating system has been installed. f) Domestic hot water. A new water heater has been installed in accordance with the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. 6. The building is new and has been occupied for less than five years from its first due date, based on its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Occupancy.
Retrocommissioning:
Yes
Energy and water retrocommissioning is due once every five years. Energy and water retrocommissioning shall be performed in accordance with industry standard practices, including ASHRAE Guideline 0.2 Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, and under the direct supervision of a California Licensed engineer or architect. The retrocommissioning of the base building systems shall include, at minimum, the following: a) Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems and controls; b) Indoor lighting systems and controls; c) Water heating systems; and d) Renewable energy systems. Exemptions: See exemptions in Audits Notes above.
Water Use Tracking:
Yes
A water audit and retrocommissioning are not required if one of the following conditions is met: 1. A California licensed engineer or architect certifies that the building has reduced its water use intensity by at least 20% when compared to the five years preceding the building's due date for compliance; or 2. The building does not have a central cooling system and two of the three following measures have been installed within five years of the due date. A report detailing the measures performed, certified by a California licensed engineer or architect, is required: a) Low flow faucets and shower heads. All faucets and showerheads within the building have been replaced and meet the Los Angeles Municipal Code and the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. b) Washing machines. Front loading clothes washing machines have been installed in all common laundry facilities. c) Water closets and urinals. All water closets and urinals within the building have been replaced and meet the Los Angeles Municipal Code and the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. 3. A California licensed engineer or architect certifies that the building's water use conforms to the requirements of the Los Angeles Municipal Code and the California Building Standards Code in effect at any time during the five-year compliance cycle being reported. 4. The building is new and has been occupied for less than five years from its first due date, based on its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Occupancy.