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Portland City Council approved a new policy in April 2015 that requires owners of commercial buildings 20,000 square feet and over to incorporate the following practices:

  1. Track energy performance information using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, a free web-based benchmarking tool that computes a performance score ranging from 1 to 100, comparable to other buildings with similar characteristics.
  2. Report this information to the City of Portland on an annual basis.

The policy covers approximately 1,000 buildings. It does not include residential properties, nursing homes, and places of worship, parking structures, K-12 schools, industrial facilities or warehouses.

Initial due dates for annual reporting

  • Gross floor area 50,000 square feet and over:  April 22, 2016 for calendar year 2015.
  • Gross floor area from 20,000 to 50,000 square feet:  April 22, 2017 for calendar year 2016.

The City of Portland will not make the first year of energy performance information readily available for any individual covered building. The City of Portland will release individual energy performance information and compliance status to the public beginning the second year of the reporting cycle based on the size of building. 

Commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions in Portland

Portland isn’t the first city in the U.S. that has implemented this kind of policy: building energy benchmarking and reporting policies in 12 other U.S. cities—including the entire states of California and Washington—have proven to motivate investment in efficiency improvements that save money and reduce carbon emissions.

The policy:

  • Advances the City’s Climate Action Plan objective to reduce the energy use of buildings.
  • Helps building operators track energy use and identify options to improve efficiency.
  • Reduces building owners’ energy costs.
  • Provides market recognition for the most efficient buildings.
  • Gives prospective buyers and tenants information to make informed decisions.


For more information about the policy or ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, contact the Energy Reporting Help Desk at or 503-823-7070.