Building Benchmarking

Denver downtown office buildings

Large commercial, multifamily and public buildings account for roughly 15% of all energy used in Colorado. Every bit of energy saved in these buildings benefits tenants, property owners and managers, investors and the environment. By measuring and tracking energy use in buildings, also known as benchmarking, building owners and tenants can better understand how their building’s energy performance compares to similar buildings and identify opportunities to cut energy waste. Beyond benchmarking alone, we can increase the amount of energy savings, cost savings, and climate benefits by requiring less-efficient buildings to improve. With a building energy performance policy, we can improve our living and working spaces while helping Colorado lead the nation in transitioning to high-performing buildings.

Utility Accelerator Coalition

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in preparation for the introduction of legislation that would create a statewide building benchmarking and energy performance program, is forming a Utility Accelerator Coalition.

The Coalition is intended to assist utility companies in meeting data disclosure requirements under the statewide statute. The new program is likely to require owners of large commercial, multifamily and public buildings 50,000 sf or larger to benchmark their buildings’ energy use utilizing monthly utility consumption data. 

CEO has hired Overlay Consulting to lead the coalition on behalf of the State. To simplify a utility’s implementation of data disclosure requirements and ensure mandates are met on schedule, CEO welcomes utility participation in the coalition. Please use this link to register and receive additional information about the Utility Accelerator Coalition.

Monthly Workshops

The Coalition will hold a recurring virtual monthly meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of every month beginning January 20, 2021. Those who cannot virtually attend should still sign up for the Coalition to receive important information about the statewide bill and to receive a monthly email including meeting minutes, resources and best practice guides. 

Resources

You can view workshop recordings here. Presentations and meeting notes from the Coalition workshops are available at the links below.