Energy Benchmarking


Energy Benchmarking allows building owners and operators to assess their energy usage over time, gauge performance relative to others in the marketplace, and better understand how energy efficiency projects can offset their usage.

Green Building United builds on this increased awareness around energy use, supporting energy efficiency in the building sector with trainings on benchmarking, behavior change, improved operations, and strategic capital investments.

Reductions in energy consumption result in lowered costs and carbon emissions, creating a healthier and more prosperous region.

Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Program

Benchmarking Visualization Tool

The visualization tool provides building-level energy performance data for the last three calendar years for the nearly 2,800 buildings required to report utility information as part of Philadelphia’s energy benchmarking law. The chart and map tools are interactive and allow visualizing building energy performance comparisons throughout the city. 

Have questions about Philadelphia's Building Energy Benchmarking Program and Compliance? Email Sophia Winston -

2020 Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Results

2020 is the most recent annual benchmarking dataset. This was the first dataset from the new decade and the first that encapsulates water and energy trends from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our interactive tool provides downloadable data sets from 2013-2020 to better understand building effiency trends


  • 265,666,820 Square Feet Reported
  • 2375+ Buildings Reported
  • 74.3% Compliance Rate
  • 61 Median Energy Star Score


2019 Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Report

In 2019, the Office of Sustainability and Green Building United released a report analyzing the performance of benchmarked properties over the lifetime of the program and provided summary statistics on 2018 energy and water use data. The results show that, since 2013, Philadelphia’s benchmarked buildings have demonstrated a 5% reduction in overall energy use and over half of all buildings reported every year have achieved energy savings.


  • 320+ Million Square Feet Reported
  • 2700+ Buildings Reported
  • 85% Compliance Rate
  • 55 Median Energy Star Score

Delaware Benchmarking Pilot

Green Building United and Energize Delaware are seeking building owners and managers interested in gaining insights from their monthly utility data and measuring performance relative to buildings similar in size and use. Research shows, simply monitoring energy use and sharing performance over time results in significant savings. This pilot will provide free benchmarking support for  5-10 eligible non-residential property owners in Delaware. 

Benefits to participation:

  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account set up
  • One-on-one training for ongoing benchmarking using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Understanding of basic building energy usage and performance
  • Discuss goal setting and opportunities for savings
  • Connect with resources and programs to implement energy efficiency measures
  • Demonstrated leadership in energy efficiency and climate action
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To learn more about the pilot and to participate, please contact or submit an interest form. 

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The HUB - Local Green Building Resources

The Hub is a searchable database of energy efficiency and sustainability companies that provide services throughout Green Building United's region. 

Whether you're interested in energy benchmarking assistance for your commercial building or a residential home energy audit, this database connects users to the appropriate green providers to meet their project needs. 

Sustainable service providers are encouraged to list their businesses in the database. 

The Hub has recently been updated to create a more user-friendly interface to thanks to the generous support of City Energy Project.

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Building Operator Trainings

Green Building United provides building operator trainings to operations and maintenance staff, building management, and offsite contractors. The course offerings teach participants how to operate buildings more efficiently to save energy and to reduce operating costs.


Philadelphia 2030 District

The Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking Program aligns with the Philadelphia 2030 District, an initiative led by Green Building United to reduce energy and water use as well as transportation emissions 50% by 2030. The Philadelphia 2030 District seeks to turn the abundance of building performance data into measurable actions.

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