City of Seattle

Seattle, WA

Excellence Award - Data Innovation


The City of Seattle seeks to address and overcome market barriers to energy efficiency by increasing the flow of data into EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® and driving improvements in the commercial and multifamily markets. The Seattle Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program requires commercial and multifamily buildings more than 20,000 square feet to conduct and report annual energy performance tracking through Portfolio Manager. The benchmarking program allows Seattle to reach new customer segments and deploy new technologies that increase benchmarking activity. The City of Seattle is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its strategic approach to data innovation. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Earning a Benchmarking Ordinance compliance rate of 99 percent over three years, including increasing the number of ENERGY STAR certification-eligible buildings by 13 percent between 2015 and 2016.
  • Utilizing the Seattle Benchmarking Dashboard, where buildings can compare energy use intensity (EUI) and 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR scores to other similar buildings in Seattle.
  • Driving energy efficiency action using Energy Benchmarking Performance Profiles, known as Scorecards, which include promotion of potential for ENERGY STAR certification for top performers and incentive options tailored to each building.
  • Increasing enrollment in Seattle City Light’s electricity and Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas automated data exchange via Portfolio Manager to more than 80 percent and 60 percent, respectively.
  • Increasing enrollment in automated data exchange with Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy via Portfolio manager to more than 80 percent and 60 percent, respectively.
  • Promoting ENERGY STAR through monthly benchmarking newsletters, distributed to more than 3,900 active subscribers.
In 2020 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid more than $40 Billion in energy costs

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