Energy and Water Efficiency

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The purpose of a benchmarking and transparency ordinance is to establish a program that encourages large commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings to invest in energy efficiency to improve building performance, which will result in lower carbon emissions from the commercial building sector. A benchmarking and transparency ordinance is a proven, local government intervention that results in decreased energy use and reduced carbon emissions. It will also assist the city with targeting sectors most in need of technical assistance, incentives and training. The ordinance will only apply to the largest buildings in the community.

A benchmarking and transparency policy is a market-based tool designed to overcome barriers and create demand for energy efficiency improvements in commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings. Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy use over time. Benchmarking will give owners the information they need to identify opportunities to cut energy waste and understand how their building performs relative to similar buildings.

To benchmark energy and water use, building owners and facilities managers will use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, an online tool designed to measure and track energy and water consumption. The Portfolio Manager gathers basic property information, building details such as gross floor area, and energy and water usage data.

The city will produce a periodic report of compliant, high-performing buildings during the initial phase, and aims to produce a comprehensive report of compliant high and low performing buildings in future years. The information will help to create effective market mechanisms, programs, and services that accelerate investments in energy efficiency. It will give building owners and facility managers more opportunities to explore options for improving performance.

Voluntary participation for buildings under the current minimum threshold and buildings owned by the State of Nevada or federal government are highly recommended to benchmark and will automatically BE made a part of the ReEnergize Reno Better Buildings Challenge.

The Ordinance covers the following properties

Covered city properties that:

  • Are owned, leased, and occupied by the City of Reno such that the City regularly pays all or part of the annual Energy and/or water bills; and
  • Have a total Gross Floor Area that equals or exceeds 10,000 square feet; and
  • All fire stations.

Covered local agency properties that:

  • Are owned by a local agency of the state, or political subdivision of the state, or other public entity and are not Covered City Properties; and
  • Have a total Gross Floor Area that equals or exceeds 30,000 square feet; and
  • Where the local agency of the state occupies and regularly pays all or part of the annual Energy and/or water bills of the property.

Covered public or private properties, other than covered city and covered local agency properties that have a total Gross Floor Area that equals or exceeds 30,000 square feet.

Covered Properties does not include:

  • Single family, duplex, triplex and fourplex residential homes and related accessory structures;
  • Properties owned or operated by a local agency of the state and subject to NRS 701.218;
  • Buildings used by any occupant, Tenant or Owner in any manner classified as industrial per designated Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes 20 through 39;
  • Buildings used by any occupant, Tenant or Owner in any manner classified as agricultural , per designated Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes 01 through 09;
  • Other building types not meeting the purpose of this Chapter, as determined by the Manager.        

Reporting Schedule

Covered Property

First Reporting Date

First Calendar Year Data Reported

Subsequent Annual Reporting Due Date

Mandatory city properties ≥ 10k sq. ft.

Apr 1, 2019

2018

April 1

Agency Properties and Private sector properties ≥ 100k sq. ft.

Apr. 1, 2020

2019

April 1

Agency Properties and Private sector properties ≥ 50k sq. ft.

Apr. 1, 2021

2020

April 1

Agency Properties and Private sector properties ≥ 30k sq. ft.

Apr. 1, 2022

2021

April 1

There are additional performance reporting requirements beginning April, 2026. Performance reporting requirements and targets, and all additional provisions can be found in Chapter 14.30 of the Reno Administrative Code.

Energy and Water Efficiency Program Exemptions and/or Extensions Request

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