Washington's New Clean Building Standards
Many businesses may not be aware of, or fully understand, Washington State’s new Clean Buildings Standards. Avista wants to help by providing a quick overview of the law, so you can get a head start—and maybe even save money—on compliance.
House Bill 1257 was passed by the Washington State Legislature in May of 2019. The law sets new energy performance standards for all existing commercial buildings in the state that are 50,000 sq. ft. or larger. Buildings that fit this category will be required to meet Energy-Use Intensity targets (EUIt) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Department of Commerce plans to notify impacted building owners of these performance requirements by July 1, 2021. Their website provides compliance details and links to helpful resources and information.
What is Energy Star Portfolio Manager Service?
Energy Star's Portfolio Manager Service enables commercial building owners and operators to identify their building’s performance. Building owners and operators enter and maintain building data within Energy Star’s application. Avista supports this application with automated energy usage data uploads.
How to get started
View Energy Star's Portfolio Quick Start Guide for step-by-step instructions to help you get started. Once you establish your account, properties and buildings, follow these easy steps to initiate automatic energy usage data uploads from Avista.
- Enter all Avista meters for each building
- The meter name field must match the Avista meter number
- The units field requires kWh for electric meters or therms for natural gas meters
Please reference the Avista bill or actual meter. How to find your meter number (PDF).
After Avista receives and validates the meter sharing request, Avista will upload the last 12 months of prorated usage data. Usage uploads will continue monthly without any additional effort by building owners.
Usage Prorated to Calendar Month
Avista bill dates rarely correspond to the beginning and end dates of each calendar month. As a result, energy usage data uploads are prorated to coincide with the calendar month.
Does your building quality for benchmarking?
Most building types are supported and will receive a benchmark score between 1 and 100. A score of 50 is considered average, and a score of 75 or greater is required to receive Energy Star certification. You can view Energy Star’s qualifying characteristics to determine if your building is supported for benchmarking.
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