Los Angeles EBEWE Ordinance - Do You Need to Comply in 2022?

Benchmarking: On hold - will resume in 2023
Audit and Retro-Commissioning: Yes for LADBS IDs ending in 2 & 3
IDs ending in 0&1 are on hold

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 2022?

Benchmarking: No, they are on hold. However, you will still have to file one as soon as it is due. It's easier to stay on top of it.

Also, consistent benchmarking sets you up to be able to receive A/RCx exemptions, especially if your occupancy fell due to the pandemic.

A/RCx: It depends. Due to the pandemic, buildings that were supposed to audit last year are still on hold. This means LADBS IDs ending in 0, 1. However, those ending in 2&3 will have to either complete an Audit/RCx process or submit their qualified exemptions. 

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