HOW TO COMPLY

How to Comply with the Ordinance

1) About the ordinance:

The Pittsburgh Building Benchmarking Ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 50,000sqft to annually report their energy and water consumption to the City in a process called benchmarking.

Building owners are required to use a secure online tool developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), called ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® to track their energy and water use and submit their data to the City of Pittsburgh. Building owners can obtain Energy and Water use from the utility companies servicing their building.   

This data informs building owners about a building's energy and water consumption compared to similar buildings, and tracks progress year over year. Owners can use this data to assist in decision making for maintenance and upgrade.

In the spirit of Business Transparency, benchmarking and compliance data will be available publicly.

The department of Planning’s Sustainability and Resilience Division will publish a report in the Fall of 2018 summarizing the performance of Pittsburgh's large
buildings portfolio, and visually illustrate on the online platform which buildings are participating, exempted, eligible and non-participating as well as buildings
who chose to voluntary participate.

Starting in 2018, owners of non-residential buildings that are larger than 50,000 sq ft will be required to benchmark for the first time by June 1st 2018 and yearly thereafter. 

Download The Ordinance Text Here

FAQ

2) Criteria for covered buildings:

All non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet or greater are required to report utility data to the City of Pittsburgh using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® (ESPM) in accordance with Pittsburgh Code §626.02

Few USPS postal addresses might  be listed in Pittsburgh  while not being within the city limits. The USPS zip code boundaries are different from the municipal boundaries.   

The city limits can be found in many maps online including the one below. You can enter your address in the search box in the upper right corner and find out whether the address is within the city boundaries.

The table below contains all the buildings expected to comply.  

If your building meet the criteria but is not listed, you should still comply and email us through the 3-1-1 platform.

3) Compliance deadlines:

The ordinance states that the compliance deadline will annually be on June 1st and that the exemption request deadline will be 60 days prior to the benchmarking deadline. However, for the first year, the exemption deadline has been moved to April 23rd 2018.

Monday April 23rd 2018: EXEMPTION DEADLINE Submit complete exemption application if you believe your building meet one exemption criteria and should not have to report. You will need supporting evidence to justify your exemption request.

Friday June 1st 2018: COMPLIANCE DEADLINE Submit Complete Energy and Water Data to the city through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®.

 

4) Benchmarking checklist:

The Sustainability and Resilience Division created a Checklist to help you comply and keep track of your progress toward compliance.

5) Step-by-step guides to benchmarking: 

What Data do you need? This page will create a list of the data you will need to gather to enter your complete information in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. 

Getting Started with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®   

How to benchmark a campus.

6)  Getting your building utility data:

The easiest way to collect your utility data for the 12 months of 2017 is to login in your online account for electricity, gas and water. If you do not already use their online portals, you will need to create a profile linked to your billing account and your past data will be available. To create a new profile, have one of your bill with the account number ready and follow the step by step onscreen instructions. Repeat for each new online utility account needed.

For district energy such as steam, usage is available upon email request to your energy district provider.

BUILDINGS LOCATED IN PITTSBURGH, except the South
Utility Who has the data How to get it Where
Electricity Duquesne Light Company Login at https://www.duquesnelight.com/login
Gas Peoples‘ gas Login at https://www.peoples-gas.com/my-account/
Water PgH2O Login at https://schedulepayment.com/pwsa

 

District Energy Who has the data How to get it Where
Downtown PACT Email at http://www.pacthermal.com/contact.html
North shore NRG Email at Your usual contact at NRG

If your water and gas providers are Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania American Water, you can obtain your information from the following portals:

BUILDINGS LOCATED IN THE SOUTH
Utility Who has the data How to get it Where
Electricity Duquesne Light Company Login at https://www.duquesnelight.com/login
Gas Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Login at https://www.directlinkeservices.com/nisource/portal/pa
Water Pennsylvania American Water Login at https://amwater.com/paaw/

If you have tenants managing their own bill you will need to obtain their utility usage and add their usage into the building profile in Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Many local resources can assist you in using this interaction to strengthen your tenant engagement and increase your energy savings opportunity.

Even if you use another Energy Provider, Duquesne Light Company is still metering your electricity usage and your usage is available in their online portal. Duquesne Light offers a streamlined connection to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® so that your account data will automatically be transferred to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® for this year and every future reporting deadline. To find out how to create an account and set up the automated transfer, watch one of the video below or review this document

If you  are new to Portfolio Manager and have NOT entered Electricity data in Portfolio Manager in the past, watch this, to learn how to link both account:

If you already have historical data in Portofolio Manager, watch this video to avoid erasing or duplicating your past data:
(this would apply to 2030 district partners, Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge Participants, EnergyStar certified buildings,etc...)

7)  Add your Pittsburgh Building Benchmarking ID (PBB ID)

The PBB ID is included in the notification letter sent out to building owners. It is a newly created ID number to identify buildings that have to report their benchmarking data to the City of Pittsburgh. This number was created specifically for benchmarking and is unique to each covered building. If you cannot find the PBB ID or the letter, you can request one by emailing benchmarking@pittsburghpa.gov

The PBB ID needs to be entered in the details of the property, in the Unique Identifiers box as a standard IDs. This document contains screenshots of the process of entering the PBB ID inPortfolio Manager.

8) Submit your data

Once you uploaded your complete information in portfolio manager and verify its accuracy, you are now ready to submit to the city. How to submit complete info after verification.

9) Exemption application process and deadlines:

The exemptions are listed in the Ordinance here. The exemption deadline is 60 days prior to the reporting deadline, June 1st. However for the first year, complete requests including the exemption request form and supporting documents are still being accepted.

Exemption request without supporting documents will not be reviewed and the buildings will still have to comply.