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Commercial Renewable & Energy Efficiency Programs - Programs for Businesses: [more...]
Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO) - Adopted in 1994, CECO requires commercial property owners to complete certain energy conservation measures in their buildings upon transfer of property ownership or when additions or renovations are made. CECO measures often save owners money on monthly electricity and natural gas costs. Plus the CECO measures contribute to the Berkeley Climate Action goal of reducing Berkeley's overall greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Check out the Climate Action Plan commerical energy target and our progress towards reaching that goal. For more information about other Climate Action Plan goals see: www.cityofberkeley.info/climate [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 and receive a Berkeley Smart Energy Award. Benchmarking helps building owners, managers, facility staff and tenants better understand how to manage energy use and save money on monthly utility bills.
Berkeley Energy Smart Awards: Berkeley gives out energy leadership awards through the Energy Smart Awards program to businesses and building owners who benchmark their building's energy use. All buildings that benchmark will receive an Energy Smart Award. Energy Smart Award participants receive 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. See below on how to apply.
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
Get an Energy Smart Award! Benchmark your building and be recognized! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Get Energy Data. Sign-up with PG&E's Automatic Benchmarking Service (ABS) to get 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 to:email@example.com. All applicants will receive an award and be honored at the awards ceremony.
Last year's winners: The following 26 entities were recognized for their dedication to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship:
|Alta Bates Summit Medical Center ||Berkwood Hedge School||Netivot Shalom|
|Ashby Stage||Civic Center, City of Berkeley||Safeway |
|Bancroft Hotel||David Brower Center ||Trumer Brauerei |
|Bayer Healthcare||Design Community & Environment||University California at Berkeley|
|Berkeley Chamber of Commerce||Ed Roberts Campus||Wareham Development |
|Berkeley City College||LJ Kruse Plumbing||2150 Shattuck|
|Berkeley Food and Housing Project||Lawrence Berkeley Labs||2530 San Pablo Avenue|
|Berkeley Unified School District||Metro Lighting|| |
|Berkeley Repertory Theater||Meyer Sound|| |
For more information or questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Requirements (BMC 19.24) - Building Permit applicants for project types listed below are required to divert Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste and debris from landfill disposal. [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 (PEV) 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...]
Berkeley FIRSTFinancing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology . - In 2008, the City of Berkeley launched the Berkeley Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST), a program to promote solar photovoltaic (PV) installations using a pioneering financing mechanism. The now concluded pilot program provided property owners an opportunity to borrow money from the City’s Sustainable Energy Financing District for the installation of solar photovoltaic electric systems. The Berkeley FIRST program served as a model for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs across the country. Although Berkeley FIRST program is no longer available for residential properties, take advantage of our other solar and renewable energy programs. Photo Courtesy Sungevity Corp
Sustainable Success Stories - Berkeley Youth Help Residents Save Nearly $200,000 on Energy Costs [more...]