Montgomery County Benchmarking Law


Have buildings that are 250,000 sq. ft. or less? It’s not too early to start planning for the June 1, 2017 benchmarking reporting deadline! Stay tuned for updates!
Owners of properties reporting in 2017 can review the Group 1 information included below as a guide

County 50,000 sq. ft. + 2014 June 1, 2015
Group 1 250,000 sq. ft. + 2015 June 1, 2016
Group 2 50,000 sq. ft. up - 250,000 sq. ft. 2016 June 1, 2017


The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revised the preliminary Covered Buildings Inventory, initially released in April 2015 -- using more recent 2016 levy year tax assessment data. This inventory is an approximation, meant to raise awareness and help identify the buildings covered by the County’s benchmarking law. AOBA and DEP encourage nonresidential building owners to confirm their building’s square footage to determine if - and when - they are subject to the reporting deadlines. Members may refer to the accompanying Covered Buildings Inventory informational document which outlines DEP's data sources, assumptions, and definitions used.


WHAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A BUILDING OWNER? The County requires building owners to have the reported benchmarking data verified by a recognized data verifier using the ENERGY STAR data verification checklist. A “recognized data verifier” is defined to mean a professional engineer or a registered architect, or another trained individual whose professional license or building energy training program is recognized by the DEP Director. Building owners must verify the reported data after the first benchmarking deadline in 2016 and every three years thereafter. Montgomery Co. Code §18A-40 Data Verification.

  • DATA VERIFICATION WAVER FOR ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION: The DEP Director may waive the verification requirement if the owner can demonstrate that the building has achieved ENERGY STAR certification for at least 6 months of the year being benchmarked.
CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER (CPM)/Applicable Restrictions: CPM achieved with following three functions selected and illustrated in the (Experience Form):

3. Identify, implement, and monitor, or approve, sustainable practices; including but not limited to energy use/conservation programs for the property.

30. Establish or maintain management controls and analyze the property’s performance.

33. Prepare a management plan for the property.
Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
REAL PROPERTY ADMINISTRATOR RPA: Applicable Restrictions: RPA achieved with completion of elective course Asset Management course OR at least 3 of the 5 Sustainability or High Performance Experience Criteria

30. Prepare and/or support an environmental stewardship program for a building(s), which includes a tenant environmental awareness program, tenant energy awareness program, recycling and waste management plan, water conservation program, or work with an environmental professional to obtain an environmental certification of an existing building(s) such as LEED® (EB), Green Globes™, BOMA Best (Canada only), or other recognized and industry-accepted rating systems.

31. Conduct or work with an energy manager to conduct energy audits and develop an energy reduction program.

32. Implement an energy-reduction program, which may include equipment replacement and/or retrofits, implementation of an energy-tracking system, and tenant energy-awareness program.

33. Where regulations/ deregulation permits: analyze properties utilities utilization, determine energy purchase options and recommend the purchase of energy types such as: natural gas, propane, heating oil, electricity, chilled water, hot water, steam, wind, solar, etc.

34. Work with the project/design team in the certification of a new or existing building under an industry-recognized third-party program such as LEED®, Green Globes™, BOMA 360, or other industry-recognized program that includes all aspects of operations and/or design, construction, and commissioning.
Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA) BOMI
Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT®) BOMI
RPA|HP and FMA|HP —A Symbol of High-Performance Sustainable Building Management™ BOMI
LEED-Fellow for outstanding APs USGBC
LEED – Professional with specialty in Operations + Maintenance (LEED AP O+M) USGBC
Building Assessment Professional (BEAP) ASHRAE
Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Professional Engineer (PE) National Association of Professional Engineers
Registered Architect (RA) American Institute of Architects
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) AEE
Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) ASHRAE
Commissioning Process Management Professional Certification (CPMP) ASHRAE
Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMP) ASHRAE
Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
Associate Commissioning Professional (ACP) BCA
Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) International Facilities Management Association
Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) AEE
Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) AEE


Click on the above link to DEP’s website to learn more about how to collect building and energy data.

Gather Your Building Information and Energy Data

  • Collecting data from tenants. Did you request data by March 31?
  • What building information do you need to collect?

Utility-Specific Information/Requesting Data from Utilities: TIMING IS IMPORTANT! Utilities will take up to 30 business days to provide your data; the wait can be longer as we approach compliance deadlines. Building owners are encouraged to request their data early.

  • Pepco customers can find information on getting their Pepco data at Pepco Energy Benchmarking.
  • Washington Gas customers with 5 or more meters can find information on getting their gas bill data at Washington Gas Energy Benchmarking.
  • BG&E offers information on getting electronic BGE energy data at Automated Benchmarking.
  • Potomac Edison – Account holders can either call customer service at 1-800-686-0011 to request and receive up to 2 years of historical monthly data via postal mail OR account holds can sign-up for or log-in to their account on the First Energy website and retrieve their data this way. Only account holders can request utility data. Note: If the account holder is a tenant, they will need to request their data and provide it to their building owner.


Group 1 Covered Buildings Reporting Link for Calendar Year 2015 Data: The reporting link for Group 1 Buildings is now live! If you have your calendar year 2015 space and energy data entered in Portfolio Manager and verified by a recognized data verifier, then you're ready to submit your Group 1 building benchmarking data to DEP! **Calendar Year Link for Group 1 Buildings and County Facilities** This link will take you to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account log-in screen—after logging in, you’ll see step-by-step instructions on the Data Request page.

Group 2 Covered Buildings Reporting Link for Calendar Year 2016 Data: AOBA will provide this information when it becomes available.


Montgomery County Benchmarking Law: In May 2014, Montgomery County adopted Bill 2-14, Environmental Sustainability – Buildings – Benchmarking which was amended by Bill 35-15 Environmental Sustainability – Benchmarking – Amendments in November 2015.

Official Guide for Building Energy Benchmarking in Montgomery County

Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Checklist: A step-by-step summary of how to benchmark, report data to the County, and comply with the Benchmarking Law.

Building Energy Benchmarking Law Brochure

Montgomery County Benchmarking Introductory Forum presentations, held November 6, 2014, for an overview from DEP, Pepco, and ENERGY STAR. Watch the recording or view the slides.

Benchmarking Law FAQs

EPA offers a variety of resources to help users navigate the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The ENERGY STAR Help Desk offers an extensive list of searchable FAQs as well as different avenues to contact EPA staff with questions. EPA also offers Portfolio Manager Trainings that include full-length or short training videos, either in pre-recorded or live viewing formats.

Register for benchmarking information sessions: Third Tuesdays from 2-4 pm: April 19th - May 17th - June 21st: Join DEP on the third Tuesday of each month through June 2016 at their offices at 255 Rockville Pike right off of the Rockville Metro to answer all of your benchmarking questions! Please RSVP to

Join the Montgomery County Energy Benchmarking Forum! Use this Google Group community to ask questions about the benchmarking law, share lessons learned, and access resources.

Sign-up for the Benchmarking News, a newsletter specifically about benchmarking, including trainings, events, and resources.

Subscribe to the Montgomery County Energy News (see example), a monthly email newsletter with updates on energy happenings and stories in the County.

DEP Contact: Lindsey Robinett Shaw | Department of Environmental Protection
E-mail: | Phone: (240) 777-7754
AOBA Nicola Y. Whiteman, Esq., Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Phone: (202) 296-3390 | Fax: (202) 296-3399
AOBA ALLIANCE: April Kreller, Vice President of Operations
Phone: (202) 296-3390 | Fax: (202) 296-6987