Property owners in San Francisco are required, by the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO), to audit and benchmark their buildings. Benchmarking must be completed every year through the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Platform. Audits are required every 5 years and must comply with industry standards. Failure to comply with San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Building Energy Performance Ordinance can result in fines of up $2,500 per year. All San Francisco building over 10,000 square feet must comply with the Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance. Benchmarking for ECBO is due every year on April 1. ECBO compliant Energy Audits are required every 5 years.

All buildings over 10,000 square feet must have an Energy Star score through the EPA’s Portfolio Manager Platform. Your building’s Energy Star score is a product of your building’s characteristics and energy usage. QuEST has benchmarked over a 1000 buildings using Energy Star and completed more than 70 benchmarks and audits for SF ECBO. If your building already has an Energy Star score QuEST can prepare your ECBO update for $450. QuEST will collect your utility data, update Portfolio Manager and file the ECBO report with San Francisco. To complete your ECBO Benchmarking simply send an email to or click HERE

SF ECBO requires building owners to receive an energy audit by a licensed engineer every five years. The ECBO Energy audit will provide the building owner with a list of specific energy savings recommendations as well as financial analysis, energy efficiency financing opportunities, and any PG&E rebates that are available. Every building over 10,000 square feet is required to complete an audit, though the requires differ by building size:
• Buildings over 50,000 square feet require an ASHRAE Level II audit
• Buildings 10,000-49,999 square feet require an ASHRAE Level I audit
Many times the recommendations can be financially attractive and when combined with PG&E’s Zero-Interest Financing Program, they can literally pay for themselves. To get more information ECBO Energy Audits please send an email to or click HERE

SF Environment plans to implement ECBO non-compliance fines in Q3 of 2019. Fines can total $1,250 per violation per year for buildings < 50,000 sq ft and $2,500 per violation per year for buildings > 50,000 sq ft. SF Environment will prioritize medium and large buildings (>25,000 sq ft) that have never complied with audit requirements. Avoid these fines by contacting us today at

EPA created ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® as an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption. Your ENERGY STAR tracks your building’s performance compared to similar buildings. as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment.
Continuous benchmarking will tell if there are potential energy savings opportunities in your building and whether energy usage has crept up. Across a portfolio of buildings, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® can help prioritize energy efficiency investments. Join the more than 40 percent of US buildings that benchmarked using Portfolio Manager®.