Benchmarking is the process of determining the levels of energy and water consumed at a property over the course of a year. The City of Atlanta’s Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance will require all covered non-city properties that exceed 25,000 gross square feet in total combined floor areas to benchmark their energy and water consumption data in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and submit that data to the City on an annual basis.

The building owner or condominium association is responsible for reporting. Non-residential tenants must, if asked, supply the necessary information to the owner or association. Square footage is determined per the gross floor area listed in Office of Sustainability records.

Compliance Benchmarking Data Submission Deadline
2018 Compliance

*Requires both 2016 & 2017 benchmarking data
Calendar Year 2017 Energy and Water Usage Data Extended Deadline: August 24, 2018

Original Deadline: June 25, 2018

Calendar Year 2016 Energy and Water Usage Data

ATTENTION: Compliance for multifamily buildings in 2018 is voluntary. Georgia Power has just released their new data aggregation tool (Automated Benchmarking Tool) to retrieve whole building electricity consumption data. Compliance will be mandatory in 2019.

If you have already submitted CY2016 data in the past, there is no need to resubmit CY2016 data this year.

For questions on Atlanta’s ordinance, email Portfolio Manager help, training webinars, and office hours are also available, at