San Francisco Energy Ordinance Compliance – Energy Audits & Benchmarking

Ordinance Background:

On February 8, 2011 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.  This ground-breaking decision is expected to lower the energy costs for commercial buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and require that all owners of commercial buildings greater than 10,000 sq ft. refer to the expertise of a energy audit company to meet all benchmark requirements.

Ordinance Tool: Energy Auditor Comparison Form

We always recommend obtaining at least 3 competitive bids for all new projects to ensure you make a well-informed decision. To help save you time during this process, we created a tool to help you efficiently compare all of the proposals you received.

Click here to download the Energy Auditor Comparison Form.

 

SF Environment Energy Ordinance Enforcement:

  1. Warning – A written notice of violation.
  2. Public Notice – 30 days or more after a deadline, the Department of Environment will indicate via a public website that a building is not in compliance with local law.
  3. Fine – Fines can be levied 45 days after the written notice. Buildings of 25,000 square feet and larger can be subject to fines of $100 per day, up to a maximum of $2,500 per violation. Buildings smaller than 25,000 square feet can be subject to fines of $50 per day, up to a maximum of $1,500 per violation.

How to Comply:

Are you looking for help complying with the San Francisco Energy Ordinance?  We understand that this may be frustrating, and that you have more important things to do. This is why we are helping building operators take care of all Energy Audit and Benchmarking requirements, for LIFE!

If you’re the type of person who values tangible quality over cost alone, then we’re the right partner for you.  And by tangible quality, I mean working with an energy audit partner who:

  1. You trust;
  2. You enjoy working with;
  3. Saves you time;
  4. Reduces your risk;
  5. Doesn’t think differently, but is different.

If you’re looking for the peace-of-mind and confidence in the energy audit company you work with, call us at the number below so we can help make complying with this ordinance… EASY!

(415) 912-1523

Don’t take our word for it, here’s what one of our recent clients had to say:

 

“I would like to thank Vert Energy Group for their professionalism with our energy audit. I really appreciate the follow through that the company provides. The weekly updates were great to receive as the audit progressed, and when I had questions I could call and get a quick response. The whole process went so smoothly.

 I had received four bids and then Vert Energy Group called me. The person who called was so professional, I decided to get that 5th bid. I am glad I did. I received Vert’s bid in a timely manner and I also liked the incentives Vert was providing, i.e., free benchmarking for 3 years, price-matching with the other bids, and a discount for us being a non-profit.

 You all are one company that believes in GREAT customer service!”

– Linda Cordova

Want to hear more about what our clients have to say about us?  Click here for their testimonials!

How Do We Make Complying with this Ordinance Easier?

As mentioned above, Vert Energy Group doesn’t just think differently, we are different.  We’ve perfected a proprietary process that:

  • Makes your life easier during this process;
  • Reduces your stress and gives your confidence;
  • Saves you time and money;
  • Eliminates all risk of penalties from non-compliance; and
  • Fosters a long-term relationship where we take care of ALL your future compliance deadlines.

If you would like an inside-look and see exactly how we do this for our clients, fill out the form below to request a free, no-obligation, written proposal AND video presentation.

 

How to Find and Choose the Best Energy Audit Company

We surveyed commercial property owners, managers and engineering staff to share their experiences and advice with other people who are still looking for an energy audit company to work with.  Here are the 3 steps:

Step 1: Start Looking.

The first thing to do is simply start looking.  For someone who’s never looked for this type work before, it can be a little difficult knowing where to look.  Use online search engines or sk for referrals from colleagues, other building managers, or contractors who work on your own building.

Step 2: Get Multiple Bids from Qualified Companies.

 It’s recommended that you obtain at least three (3) proposals from companies who are qualified to do the energy audit.  The company you choose should be an independent engineering or consulting company, not a provider of specific products, such as an HVAC or lighting contractor.  Reason being, you want their recommendations to be 100% unbiased and not influenced by their specialty or ability to sell you their products after the energy audit is complete.

Step 3: Narrow Down Your Search.

The last step is to narrow down your search, based on what you value the most.  While cost is always important, we recommend that you also factor in the trustworthiness, response time to questions, and how confident you feel in them.  To get a sense of what it’s like to work with them, always ask to call references and/or see testimonials.  You can find our testimonials at, http://www.vertenergygroup.com/about/testimonials, and a call us to request our references.

To make your search a little easier, we put together a form that will allow you to compare each company, side-by-side.  Click here to download the Energy Auditor Comparison Form.

 

Vert Energy Group’s Energy Audit Experience

As one of the most experienced energy consulting companies in San Francisco, Vert Energy Group takes a comprehensive approach when it comes to reducing energy use and cost.  Our primary goal is to increase your profits and sustainability without affecting your daily operations.  We understand that needs vary from business to business with corporate and environmental goals ever changing.   At Vert Energy Group we have a variety of cost-saving services that has streamlined this process with minimal effort and cost required by your organization to meet the SF Environment’s energy audit and benchmark requirements.

Our team of Professional (PE), Mechanical and Electrical Engineer auditors have more than 35 years of experience in performing ASHRAE level energy audits.  Over the last year alone, we successfully completed energy audits totaling over 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space for some of the most prestigious building owners and managers in San Francisco.  We successfully achieved benchmark compliance with the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, while uncovering millions of dollars in energy savings!

Sample List of Energy Audits Completed for the Ordinance:

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Building Type

Level of ASHRAE Audit

Building Size (sq.ft.)

Hospital

Level 2

127,189

University/Mixed Office

Level 2

50,700

Commercial Office

Level 2

54,068

Commercial Office/Mixed Retail

Level 2

55,687

Hotel

Level 2

128,355

University/Retail

Level 2

133,675

University

Level 1

43,366

Large Retail

Level 2

74,479

Commercial Office/Warehouse

Level 1

21,701

Medical Office

Level 1

19,425

Retail

Level 1

43,366

Retail/Warehouse

Level 1

24,419

Commercial Office

Level 2

49,995

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

35,292

Office/Retail

Level 2

116,810

Warehouse/Manufacturing

Level 1

24,419

Commercial Office

Level 1

15,900

Conditioned Storage Facility

Level 1

44,525

Auto Repair/Office

Level 1

27,948

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

20,321

Retail/Warehouse

Level 1

22,214

Warehouse/Commercial Office

Level 1

50,830

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

37,716

Commercial Office

Level 1

39,242

Hotel

Level 2

56,954

University/Mixed Office/Retail

Level 2

147,509

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

26,322

Commercial Office

Level 1

114,053

University/Mixed Office

Level 2

99,522

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

18,790

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

30,900

Commercial Office

Level 1

40,145

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

25,920

Commercial Office

Level 1

31,250

Retail/Mixed Office

Level 2

190,066

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

16,371

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

10,456

Dance Studio/Office

Level 2

77,241

University/Mixed Office

Level 1

24,528

 

Fill out the form below to request a Energy Audit quote or call our San Francisco office at (415) 912-1523.

 

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