Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

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Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO to replace RECO/CECO 
Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO), Berkeley Municipal Code 19.81, will replace both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). With BESO, the RECO/CECO requirements of installing energy and water efficiency improvement measures, will no longer be required. Instead, BESO requires that Berkeley building owners complete energy assessments and publicly report the building's energy efficiency information. The transition from RECO/CECO to BESO will occur between October 9, 2015 and December 1, 2015. [more...]

Benchmarking Buildings & Berkeley's Energy Smart Awards   -

How does your building rate? Get an ENERGY STAR® benchmarking score to find out how energy efficient your building is relative to other buildings. Benchmarking helps building owners, managers, facility staff and tenants better understand how to manage energy use and save money on monthly utility bills. 

Why benchmark? Benchmarking uses ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager software, developed by the EPA, to track energy use in a building. It is the first step to making buildings more energy efficient. By paying attention to operations and looking for opportunities to lower energy consumption, you can save money. Benchmarking allows you to:

  • Track how much energy your building uses
  • Compare your building's energy consumption with similar buildings
  • Lower utility bill costs & the carbon emissions of your building
  • Stay ahead of the curve in complying with the benchmarking & disclosure requirements of California Assembly Bill 1103
  • Receive recognition through Berkeley's Energy Smart Awards Program 

Benchmark your building! Commercial and public building owners, managers and major tenants can participate. Here are the steps:

1. Add your property. Benchmark your building with ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, an easy-to-use online tool. Add basic information about your property such the square footage and operating hours. For one-on-one technical assistance, contact

 2. Get Energy Data. Sign-up with PG&E Benchmarking Web Services to release your data and have your data automatically uploaded to Portfolio Manager. You will need to know all of your meter numbers (which can be found on the bill).

3.  View Results and Progress. See trends and track energy use. View the Statement of Energy Performance Report to see how your building rates and get your score, based on a 1-100 scale.

4. Be Recognized. Submit the Energy Smart Awards Application and a copy of the Statement of Energy Performance Report. Email the Application and Report

Berkeley Energy Smart Awards: Berkeley gave out energy leadership awards through the Energy Smart Awards program to businesses and building owners who benchmark their building's energy use. Energy Smart Award participants received personalized energy reports on energy saving opportunities, apples-to-apples building ratings compared with the energy performance of similar buildings in similar climates across the country, and an award.     



2014 Energy Smart Award Winners: The following 29 entities were recognized for their dedication to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship: 




2150 Shattuck & Beacon Ventures

City of Berkeley

Meyer Sound Laboratories

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

David Brower Center

Resources for Community Development

Ashby Stage- Shotgun Players

Double Tree Hotel

Safeway Inc.

Bancroft Hotel

Ed Roberts Campus

Sawtooth Building

Bayer HealthCare

Golden Bear Center- UC Berkeley

Square One Management

Berkeley Bowl

Graduate Theological Union

Wareham Development

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Grocery Outlet

Wells Fargo Building & Bollibokka Shattuck

Berkeley City College

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Whole Foods Market

Berkeley Unified School District

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

YMCA- PG&E Teen Center

Berkwood Hedge School

LJ Kruse Company

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Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24) - Building Permit applicants for the projects listed below are required to divert Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste and debris from landfill disposal in accordance with Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24) and the Berkeley Green Code (BMC 19.37). [more...]

Model Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance - In compliance with State and local requirements, City of Berkeley requires all new and renovated irrigated landscape of over 2,500 square feet area to comply with the following regulations in order to reduce waste in both new and established landscapes: [more...]

Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Pilot Program  - Would your business like to install electric vehicle charging stations? [more...]

Solar Thermal Hot Water Installations - In hot water?
Solar thermal hot water is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar energy technology. Solar thermal can supply most of your hot water needs and can even be used to heat your home.  Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of the Berkeley community efforts to reduce green house gases.  [more...]

PACE - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing [more...]

Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO) - The purpose of CECO is to increase the energy and water efficiency in Berkeley commercial buildings. Compliance with CECO measures saves money, increases the comfort and reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. [more...]

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