Policies & Ordinances


Some cities have chosen to adopt ordinances and policies to push their residents and businesses to improve their energy efficiency.




AB 1103 & Benchmarking


Office Building Benchmarking Guide: Engaging the Hard-to-Reach

Prepared by: Fourth Sector Strategies for StopWaste.org and the Cities of

Berkeley, Boulder, Oakland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco,

and San Jose.

This study provides best practices to agencies seeking to design and implement a non-residential facility benchmarking program. It recommends several practical strategies for overcoming barriers to participation, including developing marketing messages that emphasize compliance requirements as well as benefits of participation, partnering with utilities and professional groups to promote the program, providing training and technical assistance, and utilizing one-on-one engagement.


Cool Roof Ordinance (City of LA; City of Pasadena)

Following the City of Los Angeles, Pasadena will become the second local municipality to institute a requirement for “cool roofs” for all new residential construction as well as re-roofs when the square footage being replaced is 50% or greater. A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof.
 Climate Resolve met with members of the community active with Transition Pasadena and the Citizens Climate Lobby (Pasadena Foothills chapter) in the spring of 2014 to advise them on cool roof policy. From there, they took the blue print and met with the Mayor, members of the Pasadena City Council as well representatives of the city’s utility, Pasadena Water and Power. This is a great step forward in meeting the City’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals, all while reducing the urban heat island effect and helping Pasadena residents reduce their energy expenses at home. (From Climate Resolve email on 9/26/14)


City of Chicago Benchmarking Case Study (July 2014)

Prepared by: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

This presentation summarizes the City of Chicago’s building energy disclosure ordinance, which was adopted in 2013. This ordinance requires buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track energy usage annually, report that data to the City, and have it verified by a 3rd party every three years. This ordinance applies to 3,000 properties within the City of Chicago.


Energy Star Portfolio Manager Overview

Prepared by: U.S. EPA

This presentation summarizes the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program, which is a standardized national facility benchmarking tool. The tool assesses energy consumption, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions, and it provides an energy star score from 1-100 by comparing similar facility types. This presentation also provides information on how to utilize the program and gather the necessary data.