Ohio Benchmarking Policies

Ohio has one city with a mandatory benchmarking ordinance that affects city-owned and privately-owned buildings. Click here to see how Ohio handles energy efficiency in state and publicly-owned buildings.

Columbus, OH

On March 16, 2020, Columbus, Ohio passed a mandatory benchmarking ordinance.

Title: Energy and Water Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance

Date Passed: March 19, 2020

Policy Language: Ord. No. 0452-2020, 3-16-2020

Assistance: City of Columbus Energy Benchmarking; benchmarking@columbus.gov;


Columbus' Energy and Water Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance requires city-owned properties 25,000 square feet and larger and non-city properties 100,000 square feet and larger to track their annual energy consumption by June 1, 2021; properties larger than 50,000 square feet will be require to comply by June 2022. To comply with the ordinance, property owners are responsible for reporting their building energy data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Columbus utilities have collaborated with local utilities (AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas) on a free Automated Benchmarking tool, which will sync customers’ previous (three years) as well as ongoing energy data to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The automated process will also provide options to manually capture energy or water usage from outside of the local utilities’ district, allowing all information to be analyzed in one place and creating an easy and seamless transition for building owners.

Compliance Deadline Type of Building Building Size Threshold
June 1, 2021 City-owned properties 25,000 square feet and larger
June 1, 2021 Public, Multifamily, and Commercial 100,000 square feet and larger
June 1, 2022 Public, Multifamily, and Commercial 50,000 square feet and larger