Managing Buildings Better with Benchmarking: Benchmarking 101

Aug 17, 2017 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Managing Buildings Better with Benchmarking workshop series will help you better manage energy consumption and gain greater insight into prioritizing energy audits and retrofits using the industry-leading benchmarking tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®.

By learning how to measure and monitor your building’s energy and water use, you will be prepared to comply with new California benchmarking regulations, such as Assembly Bill 802. Although specifics are not final, it’s expected that AB 802 will require owners of commercial, mixed-use and multifamily buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to report benchmarking metrics publicly on an annual basis using Portfolio Manager.

We also will introduce the Benchmarking Coach program that provides no-cost, one-on-one technical support to owners and operators of commercial, multifamily and public buildings in San Diego County who want to improve building performance. The program is provided by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) on behalf of the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership.

Course Overview

Benchmarking 101 focuses on the basics of building benchmarking:

  • What is benchmarking?
  • Local and statewide benchmarking requirements
  • Introduction to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager



Rebecca Sappenfield, LEED AP O+M, is a Senior Coordinator, Advisory Services, for Distributed Energy Resources Programs at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). She utilizes her green building expertise in providing benchmarking technical advisory services, support and coaching; informing green building policy research and regulation development; and assisting with the development and administration of local green business networks. Rebecca has degrees in integrated science and technology, sustainable environmental resources management, marine biology, and English.

(11 am check-in & lunch provided) 


SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117

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