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Crocker Industrial Park-aerialThe City of Brisbane has launched a program to address energy and water use in existing commercial buildings to help make them more efficient, thereby saving owners money, improving the safety and comfort of our building stock, and reducing emissions that are driving climate change. The Comprehensive Commercial Building Efficiency Program was launched in mid-2018 through a Climate Protection Grant grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The first step in the program is development of a city ordinance for commercial building owners to benchmark their building--that is, report on the basic building characteristics and its annual energy and water use--and for some buildings to periodically perform building audits or re-tuning to identify opportunities for retrofits and ensure systems are performing as intended.


Stakeholder input is highly valuable in the development of the ordinance!


We are hosting a series of public meetings to gather feedback:

  • Workshop 1: April 9, 2019 1:00 - 2:30 PM at Mission Blue Center
  • Benchmarking Primer Webinar: June 6, 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM
    • This webinar will go through the process of benchmarking a building and serves as a great primer for Workshop 2. Use the Workshop 2 registration link to sign up.
  • Workshop 2: June 12, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel
    • This workshop will focus on gathering input on benchmarking and auditing requirements from impacted parties; building owners are highly encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
    • Register here!
  • Webinar 2: targeted late June 2019
    • This webinar will go through the process of auditing a building.
  • Study Session on draft ordinance: targeted July 2019
  • Planning Commission: targeted August 2019
  • Open Space and Ecology Committee: targeted August 2019
  • City Council consideration of ordinance adoption: targeted September 2019


We also encourage input through our surveys:


Sign up here for email updates.


Questions? Contact Adrienne Etherton, Sustainability Management Analyst, at aetherton@brisbaneca.org or 415.508.2118.