Benchmarking - Washington, DC


Clean & Affordable Energy Act

Implementation & Deadline

Implementation: 2010 - 2014

Annual Reporting Deadline: April 1

Rating Tool

Portfolio Manager, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Public website, Government

Building Types & Sizes

April 1, 2013:    2010 - 2012 Utility Data
        Buildings over 200,000 sq ft

April 1, 2013:    2011 - 2012 Utility Data
        Buildings 150,001 - 200,000 sq ft

April 1, 2013:    2012 Utility Data
        Buildings 100,001 - 150,000 sq ft

April 1, 2014:    2013 Utility Data
        Buildings 50,001 - 100,000 sq ft


The District's Department of the Environment has the authority to assess a fine of not more than $100 for each calendar day that a building owner or non-residential tenant fails to provide the benchmarking information required by the Green Building Act of 2006.


DDOE regulations allow exemptions from the benchmarking regulations under certain conditions. Major exemption categories are listed below:

Unoccupied: A building may apply for an "unoccupied" exemption if, on average, less than one full-time equivalent employee worked in the building, exclusive of security guards, janitors, construction workers, landscapers, and other maintenance personnel during the year being reported.

National security: If you believe the disclosure of the energy use of the building would be harmful to the public interest and national security, you may apply for an exemption from reporting or public disclosure.

Sale: If your building was sold in the year being reported then reporting will recommence once a full calendar year of utility data can be collected.

New Construction: If your building received its Temporary or Permanent Certificate of Occupancy in the year being reported, then reporting will commence once a full calendar year of utility data can be collected.

Demolition: If your building was demolished in the year being reported, then reporting is not required.

Additional Information

ECO Zero Auditing Partners

ECO Zero is actively soliciting auditing partners in the Washington, DC area. Please check back here for names of auditors and companies who can provide benchmarking services using our tools.

Other Resources

Other resources will be uploaded as they become available.

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