Deadlines to Benchmark DC and MoCo Buildings Approaching Quickly

DC Benchmarking Deadline – April 1, 2016

Private Commercial and Multifamily Buildings of 50,000 SF and Greater Must Benchmark Energy + Water Use

Start the process now to ensure you’ll meet the deadline – particularly if you own a multi-tenant building and need to request aggregate utility data. As the deadline approaches, utility provider turnaround times will increase. Learn more about the steps required to benchmark in our DC Benchmarking section.

Not sure if your building is required to benchmark? Review information on DOEE’s website or contact GHT to help determine if your building must comply. The DOEE website also provides a list of buildings that are exempt, which include new construction or buildings sold in 2015.

Non-Compliance Can Result in Fines of $100 Per Day

GHT can help you navigate the benchmarking process, collect aggregate data, enter your data in Portfolio Manager for submission to DC, and verify your data to qualify for the ENERGY STAR. Contact us to get started.

Montgomery County Benchmarking Deadline – June 1, 2016

Private, Non-Residential Buildings of 250,000 SF and Greater Must Benchmark Energy +  Water Use

This includes single buildings and groups of buildings that have the same property identification number/tax ID of 250,000 SF or greater. Learn more about the process and covered buildings in our Montgomery County Benchmarking section. The County provides exemptions for some buildings, such as those using more than 10% of the total SF for warehousing or self-storage, and may approve waivers for properties in financial distress, buildings with less than 50% average physical occupancy, or new construction that received a COO in 2015.

GHT is a Montgomery County Benchmarking Ambassador and Recognized Data Verifier (RDV)

Montgomery County requires benchmarking data to be verified by an RDV before submission. Contact us for a proposal when you are ready to have your data verified.

Coming in 2017: Buildings of 50,000 SF and Greater Must Benchmark

Owners and property managers of private, non-residential buildings of 50,000 SF and greater should begin preparing now to report data in 2017 – save and track utility bills, alert tenants, and create a profile in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.


As Section Head of Building Energy Services in GHT’s Operations & Energy Services (OES) studio, Jeffrey Salay, PE, CEM, LEED AP leads the firm’s efforts to provide ENERGY STAR benchmarking services, conduct ASHRAE energy audits and other energy studies, and design energy efficiency upgrades.