How to Comply with the Ordinance

1) About the ordinance:

The Pittsburgh Building Benchmarking Ordinance requires owners of non-residential buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. 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, 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


2) Criteria for covered buildings:

All non-residential buildings 50,000 sq. ft. or greater are required to report utility data to the City of Pittsburgh using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® 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, April 2nd. 

April 2nd 2019: 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.

 June 1st 2019: COMPLIANCE DEADLINE Submit Complete Energy and Water Data to the city through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®.

Portfolio Manager is accessible again after being unavailable due to the government shutdown. You can  already update all necessary information in your building profile and log back to this website starting March 1st to finalize your new submission to the city.


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.

Utility Who has the data How to get it Where
Electricity Duquesne Light Company Login at
Gas Peoples‘ gas Login at
Water PgH2O Login at


District Energy Who has the data How to get it Where
Downtown PACT Email at
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:

Utility Who has the data How to get it Where
Electricity Duquesne Light Company Login at
Gas Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Login at
Water Pennsylvania American Water Login at

Duquesne Light now provides easy whole building data aggregation feature for buildings with more than 5 tenants in addition to automated data transfer. Both processes are detailed  in the following video.

If you  are new to Portfolio Manager and have NOT entered electricity data in Portfolio Manager in the past, watch the video below. (PDF Tutorial Here)
The video shows how to aggregate several accounts in a building and how to link Duquesne Light online account to Portfolio Manager.

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

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.