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  • AB 1103 Regulation – Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program

    The Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program – better known as the “AB 1103 regulations” will come into effect on January 1, 2014.  This is a mandatory ENERGY STAR disclosure law for all non-residential buildings in California.

    The law requires that anytime you finance, sell, or lease a whole building, you are required to run the ENERGY STAR numbers and provide that information to the other party in the transaction as well as the Energy Commission.

    Again, the effective date of the regulations is now January 1, 2014, for buildings more than 10,000 square feet and up.

    In addition to providing information to the counterparties of the transaction there are also reporting requirements you must follow to provide information to the Energy Commission. The required documentation and reports should be printed from each building’s ENERGY STAR account and submitted to authorized counterparties of the transaction

    CBPA staff and experts from member companies are working with the Energy Commission staff to provide resources to help you comply with this new law. Here are several items you can find already online:



    In order to help members better understand the policy issues related to the implementation of the AB 1103 Mandatory Benchmarking and Disclosure Law, BOMA California hosted a webinar with a representative from the California Energy Commission who provided detail about requirements of the law and with a member from our industry who is already putting policies into place.  Presenters included:

    Matthew Hargrove, Sr. VP Government Relations, CBPA; BOMA California Administrator
    Joe Loyer
    , Mechanical Engineer, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Division with the California Energy Commission;
    Zach Brown
    , Sustainability Manager, CBRE | Asset Services Group

    CBPA / CA Energy Commission AB 1103 Webinar (VIDEO)

    CBPA AB 1103 Webinar 09-2013 COMBINED FINAL (.PDF)
    We want to thank staff at the Energy Commission for working with our industry to address issues and resolve concerns throughout this process.  We will continue to work with them as they move forward and are implemented.


    The Energy Commission has released a FAQ to help with some basic questions regarding how to comply with the law.  Click here to see the AB 1103 FAQ.

    AB 1103 Resource Page



    California’s mandatory benchmarking law will require that you use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to benchmark your building and disclose that information during certain transactions (see story below for more details).  If you have not already done so, now is the time for someone from your company to learn how to use this important tool.  Here are details from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the newly upgraded tool and seminars on how to use it:

    In July 2013, EPA will released the upgraded Portfolio Manager tool, providing users with a new interface, streamlined functionality, and improved usability.  To get you up to speed on the new tool, they are offering a number of trainings, as well as ‘office hours,’ during the month of July.

    For more detail and links to register and for the latest print training resources to get you prepared for the launch, click here – ENERGY STAR Training Resources.