Los Angeles EBEWE Ordinance - Do You Need to Comply in 2021?

Benchmarking: No
Audit and Retro-Commissioning: Exemptions Only

Ty Clark
Published on July 29, 2021
What is EBEWE?

LA’s EBEWE (Existing Buildings Energy & Water Efficiency Program) mandates that buildings larger than 20,000 square feet, located within LA City limits, complete two tasks:

  • An annual energy benchmark. You can do this yourself or hire a professional. 
  • An audit and retro-commissioning (A/RCx) process every 5 years. This must be done by a licensed engineer or architect. 

Do I have to comply in 2021?

Benchmarking: No. Due to the pandemic and resulting emergency orders from the Mayor, benchmarking requirements have been suspended. 

However, consistent benchmarking sets you up to be able to receive A/RCx exemptions.

A/RCx: It depends. Buildings with LADBS numbers ending in either 0 or 1 are exempt from to audits, however, if you plan on filing an exemption, those are still due by December 1, 20201

Why should I file an exemption?

Thousands of dollars in savings. Average Audit/RCx pricing is around $6,000 in Los Angeles, while exemptions are typically around $1,500. 

How can Bay Efficiency Help?

We have the lowest exemption pricing in Los Angeles,  we offer portfolio discounts, and can get you ENERGY STAR Certified.

You can call us at 415-766-4901, schedule a call, or email our principal engineer  to discuss how we can get compliance off your mind ASAP. 

Ty Clark
Published on July 29, 2021