This page will walk you through how to comply with Building IQ from benchmarking to reporting. Download this How-To Guide for more information. If you get stuck, reach out to CORE anytime. We’re here to help. The requirements for DIY participants are the same as those working with CORE:
Get an energy assessment if you have not had one in the last 5 years. CORE’s commercial Walkthrough meets the requirement and it’s FREE.
Benchmark your building using Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. Building IQ starts with the biggest buildings – 20,000 sq ft. and above* – and rolls out to smaller buildings in subsequent years. Before getting started, find out when your building is required to be benchmarked in the “Benchmarking FAQs ” on the City’s Building IQ page.
Report energy and water usage data to the City. Covered buildings are required to submit their benchmarking report by Dec. 1, 2022.
Bonus: Building Performance Standards are the next phase of Building IQ. Get a head start improving your energy and water efficiency. Learn more at the bottom of this page.
You will need to create an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account to complete your benchmark and report to the city. Click the sub-steps in each section for screenshots and details:
Making your account sharable enables automatic data uploads from the utility, allows you to share your account with CORE or the City and makes reporting simple.
In this step, you will enter information about your property, how your space is used, the size, and more attributes.
If your property includes a parking garage, you will need to account for it. Use the Parking Garage Reference Manual to make sure this is done correctly.
The Unique Building Identifier (UBID) is a number the City of Aspen will use to link your property and data when it comes time to report. You can find your UBID on the City of Aspen’s Building IQ page.
Go to the “My Portfolio” tab. Find “Add Another Type of Use,” and then click “Add.” This will open a different list of attributes for that space type.
This is where you enter your property’s energy and water usage from the past 12 months. You will need utility data from every source of energy and every meter. Click the sub-steps in each section for screenshots and details:
If the owner pays the utility bills for the whole building, or there are four or more tenant meters the utilities can provide aggregated data for the whole building directly to the owner or their designee. This data is also available from bill copies if the owner is able to obtain them. If this applies to you, skip to the instructions for gathering data from each utility in the following drop downs.
Buildings with three or fewer tenants that pay their own utility bills will have to gather utility data from their tenants. This can be accomplished by the tenant submitting the proper data consent forms for each of their water and energy utility providers. For water and other city utilities, tenants will reach
Note, ALL BIQ participants receive your water through the City of Aspen Utilities and should fill out the City of Aspen Utilities Data Consent Form, regardless of your other energy providers.
Holy Cross Energy –
If you have 3 or fewer tenants, have them fill out the HCE Utility Consent Form
If there are any issues, please contact Ginette Puidokas at email@example.com.
For more information visit: www.holycross.com/benchmarking/
Black Hills Energy (BHE) has set up a process that allows building owners to apply for energy usage information that can be provided to the state or local governments.
The electricity use from onsite solar and wind must be reported and included in your total energy consumption and ENERGY STAR score calculation. The use of onsite renewable electricity is part of your overall site energy consumption (i.e. the energy requirement of your property). A property with onsite solar or wind power is likely to receive a higher score.
You can enter this into Portfolio Manager when setting up your meters. Obtain data from your installer on the energy used, any energy exported out to the grid, and about any renewable energy certificates generated. If you report your renewable energy generation and use accurately, it will be reflected in your building’s greenhouse gas emissions. For additional details on green power, see this document.
Once you have added all of your building information and energy and water usage data, Portfolio Manager will help you check to make sure it’s accurate.
Yes. You may rerun the Data Quality Checker as many times as it takes to correct all of the errors.
The BUILDING OWNER or their designee is required to submit the benchmarking report. To submit your report, go to the City of Aspen’s Building IQ page and clicking the BIG BLUE BUTTON that says “submit” about halfway down the page.
Once you understand how your building uses water and energy, it’s time to start using resources more wisely. That is where Building Performance Standards–AKA BPS–come into play.
CORE’s Commercial Path to Zero is a step-by-step guide for improving building performance. Start with simple measures like upgrading your lighting and adding controls then work your down the path all the way to electrifying everything and powering your building with renewable energy. Plus, we provide funding to help get you there – check out our rebates and grants!
…or just reach out to Mike Bouchet. He will visit your property and create a simple, cost-effective plan customized for your building.
Building IQ Ordinance enactment: June 1, 2022