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AB 802 Energy Benchmark Compliance Help

California Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802)

State-Wide Energy Benchmark & Disclosure Law


Deadline: June 1, 2024 

all buildings over 50,000 sq.ft.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q - What is AB 802?
A - Assembly Bill (AB) 802 is a new California energy benchmarking and public disclosure mandate. Energy Benchmarking Reports generated using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will be due annually for those buildings covered by the mandate, and some results will be made public. This law covers buildings of a specific type and size, all across the state. The building owner is responsible for compliance.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released the following tentative timeline for annual Reporting and Disclosure:


  • January 1st, 2017 – AB 802 goes into effect

  • June 1st, 2018 – Commercial Reporting to the CEC begins

  • June 1st, 2019 – Multifamily Reporting to the CEC begins

  • September 1st, 2019 – Commercial data Publicly Disclosed

  • September 1st, 2020 – Multi-family data Publicly Disclosed

The buildings that must submit an annual benchmarking report to the CEC according to this mandate are as follows:

  • Commercial buildings with 3 or more utility accounts, of which none are residential accounts, having over 50,000 square feet in gross floor area.

  • Any building with one or more residential utility accounts, that has 17 or more utility accounts overall, having over 50,000 square feet in gross floor area. These are typically Multi-family dwellings.


Q - Do I have to benchmark my building?
A - If your building falls within the guidelines established by the California Energy Commission’s new benchmarking law, AB 802, then yes, you must. The law specifies ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as the only acceptable platform for benchmarking a building, requires annual benchmarking and reporting, and defines the buildings covered by this mandate.


Q - Should I benchmark my building now, or wait until the law says I must?

A - Benchmarking results will be Publicly Disclosed, so benchmarking your building NOW gives you an advantage. If your building proves to be very inefficient, you will have time to install any needed energy efficiency upgrades, and improve your ENERGY STAR score, before these results are made public.

Q - Are any buildings exempt from complying with AB 802?
A - Yes. In three cases, a building is exempt from the reporting requirements of this program.
1) The building is new and has not yet had a full year of utility service.
2) The building is scheduled to be demolished within one year.
3) The building is covered by a local benchmarking ordinance with an annual benchmarking mandate.

Q - How do I submit my benchmarking report to the CEC?

A - The CEC will be releasing further details, such as how Reports are to be submitted, the penalties for failing to submit Reports, and specifics on Public Disclosure of results, in the near future. Visit for the latest information.

Portfolio-Wide Energy Benchmarking, Made Easy!

Why spend a lot of time benchmarking your buildings?

Here's how we save you time, money & hassle...

You... provide us with a list of building addresses your company owns/manages (

We... tell you 1) which ones have to comply, 2) when their first deadline is, 3) if any other local energy laws are applicable.

You... login in to our Benchmarking Portal to complete the required Utility Authorization and Property Info Forms. Done.

We take care of everything else...

  • Create Portfolio Manager account for each of your buildings.

  • File paperwork and follow up with each utility company to obtain energy use data (SCE, LADWP, PG&E, SoCal Gas, etc..)

  • Register all buildings with applicable local law agencies (e.g. Los Angeles EBEWE).

  • Upload obtained info to Portfolio Manager and finalize Benchmark Reports.

  • Submit Benchmark Reports to comply with each applicable benchmark law (no extra fees for multiple laws).

We... will notify you once everything is said and done.

We... continue to be available to You and the Benchmark Administrators for any follow up questions.

We... guarantee compliance, or we pay any fines for you + your money back. 

Membership includes guaranteed compliance with AB 802, PLUS other applicable local benchmark laws for FREE, including:

Los Angeles Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) Ordinance
San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance
Berkeley Building Energy Saving Ordinance

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