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Deadlines for building water and energy compliance getting closer


San Jose Downtown Association is offering advice on how commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet or more will need to comply with the new City of San Jose Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance. SJDA Communications Director Rick Jensen shared the following basics that they are offering to their business members.

What is it? The ordinance – aimed to help San Jose reach its Climate Smart goals – requires building owners to track whole building energy and water use.

Who needs to comply and by when? Reporting deadlines for buildings 50,000 feet and larger begin May 1, 2019. Those 20,000-49,999 square feet have until May 1, 2020 to comply.

How many businesses are affected? Across the city of San Jose, almost 1,200 buildings will require compliance.  In downtown, 81 buildings must meet this year’s May 1 deadline and another 44 buildings will need to register starting May 1, 2020.  The list of buildings requiring compliance can be found at http://sanjoseca.gov/benchmarking.  That Web site also has ordinance details, steps to follow to comply and information about a free tracking tool called EnergyStar Portfolio Manager that measures usage.

Why does it matter? The positive outcomes of compliance include lower operational costs for water and energy and opportunities for efficiency improvements that will help tenants and visitors be more comfortable.

Webinars and office hours before the May 1 deadline:

Webinar 7: How to Comply with the BPO
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register for webinar 7

Webinar 8: How to Comply with the BPO
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register for webinar 8

Webinar 9: How to Comply with the BPO
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Register for webinar 9

Office Hours
All office hours will be at San José City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara St.
Please register for a time slot here.
Tuesday, April 3, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
City Hall T- 747

Thursday, April 11, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
City Hall T-1047

Tuesday, April 17, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
City Hall T- 747

Thursday, April 25, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
City Hall T-1047

For more information, Email San José Energy Benchmarking Help Center at benchmarking@sanjoseca.gov or call us at (408) 975-2540