- If you occupy the entire building, then you can apply for ENERGY STAR certification as a tenant.
- If you only occupy a portion of the building (say a single floor), then you cannot apply for ENERGY STAR certification, because the ENERGY STAR scoring model is based on whole-building energy. However, you can still enter your property into Portfolio Manager (and even receive a score), and you may be eligible for Tenant Recognition, which EPA is launching in October 2020 for Offices.
- If you only occupy a portion of the building and you're willing to collaborate with the other tenants to benchmark the entire property (all the GFA and all the energy use), then the property is eligible for certification. For example, if there are two tenants that occupy a single building, you can create a separate property in Portfolio Manager that represents the total building. If you're benchmarking your portion of the building separately, you'll need to keep both properties updated with energy bills and use detail changes, so there is some duplicate work involved.
If you're trying to collect whole-building utility data:
- Check with your utility to see if they provide aggregated data.
- Install a master meter on the property, if it is financially and technologically feasible.
- Ask tenants to provide the meter data upon request – This option works best when there aren’t too many tenants. To facilitate this, some landlords are including this requirement in leases. Or you can coordinate with your utility by getting a Tenant Release Form from all tenants.