Who, What, Where, When

Philly Building Benchmarking 101

Wondering if the City of Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance applies to you and what you need to do about it? See below.

What is Benchmarking and Disclosure?

Benchmarking refers to the process of measuring and comparing performance metrics. In the building industry, energy benchmarking programs create standardized metrics to measure and compare energy efficiency between similar buildings, just as miler-per-gallon is used to compare energy efficiency between cars. Building energy benchmarking differs from miles-per-gallon though, because it measures actual performance rather than design performance. Benchmarking helps owners to assess energy use and to gauge performance relative to others in the marketplace. Learn more

Who must comply?

Any commercial building owner or manager in the City of Philadelphia with an indoor floor space of 50,000 square feet or more.

All commercial portions of any mixed-use building where a total of at least 50,000 square feet of indoor floor space is devoted to any commercial use.

What do I have to do?

Collect energy and space usage information for your building using the Data Collection Worksheet and enter it into EnergyStar Portfolio Manager, a free online tool for building energy benchmarking.


All covered building in the City of Philadelphia, which encompasses ALL of Philadelphia County.

When must I enter my Building’s information by?

All building owners must complete energy benchmarking and reporting by June 30, 2014.

Why was this mandated?

The benefits are huge, both for the City and for you. By having more access to data, building owners and managers will be able to compare their building’s performance with other like-sized and –aged buildings, and see how much they could be saving on energy costs. It also allows owners to stay competitive in finding and keeping tenants, help the environment, and ultimately, makes this city a better place to live, work and play in.

Market transparency of building energy data will drive building energy efficient actions.

How do I get started?

See Step-by-step guide on how to comply.