Energy Efficiency Checklist

Increasing a building's energy performance is a continuous process of improving both building operations and systems. The first step to understand your building's performance is to measure your energy and water performance by benchmarking through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. After benchmarking, the process of improving energy efficiency will be a bit different in each building, depending on current energy and water management practices and the age and efficiency of building systems.

Explore opportunities to save energy and invest in your building staff by checking out our Energy Efficiency Checklist.


Learn How to Comply with the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance and the Building Energy Performance Standard Ordinance.

The City of St. Louis, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter, BOMA St. Louis, Downtown STL, Inc and IFMA St. Louis Chapter are co-hosting three opportunities to learn how to comply. The events below are free to all, but space is limited. Registration is required.

2018 Benchmarking Training Events

Custom Alternative Compliance Path (CACP)

Custom Alternative Compliance Path (CACP) path gives properties that are unable to hit their BEPS Target due to unusual circumstances the opportunity to customize a path that upholds the spirit of BEPS. Unlike the Paths 1-3, properties must apply to pursue a CACP and not all will be deemed eligible . Because pursuing a CACP is somewhat arduous and will take several months (not counting the implementation time), interested properties should plan ahead and take early action.

  • Custom Alternative Compliance Path (CACP) Eligibility Application- due July 1st, 2023

    Saturday, July 01, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Eligibility Application

    Properties that believe they need to pursue a CACP must first establish their eligibility. In an application to OBP, properties will select any of several qualifying scenarios (see Five Scenarios for CACP Eligibility page 32)

    and indicate how extenuating circumstances beyond the property’s control prevent it from complying with BEPS. Supporting documentation will be required. Not all properties will be deemed eligible, as for some it may be more appropriate to pursue Path 3: Narrow the Gap to comply. Deadline to apply for CACP Eligibility is July 1st, 2023.


    All properties have the right to a one-time appeal of an OBP determination of ineligibility (see APPEALS page 39). Appeals will be heard by the BEIB, and their determination cannot be further appealed except by filing a lawsuit for judicial review.


    Apply bellow:

    Register Online Here

Benchmarking sessions

REGISTER for this FREE Benchmarking 101 and Help Session! Presented in partnership with Building Energy Exchange St. Louis & the City of St. Louis’ Office of Building Performance.

  • Benchmarking 101 + Help Session on June 28

    Wednesday, June 28, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    We will start with a presentation to cover the basics of benchmarking, how to use the free, online benchmarking tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, provide an overview of the City of St. Louis’ benchmarking requirements and how to report data to the City. Then we’ll break to provide one-on-one assistance with benchmarking your building’s energy and water use. See below for what you should bring if you need one-on-one assistance!

    Please note: this presentation is free and open to anyone who wants to learn about benchmarking and saving money on energy bills. You need not own a building in the City of St. Louis to attend – you can even bring your home energy bill to practice benchmarking!

    What is Benchmarking?
    Benchmarking is the process of tracking your building’s energy and/or water use and comparing your performance to similar buildings and to past performance. Benchmarking is the first step in determining how to conserve resources, reduce operating costs, and reduce environmental impacts. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is the tool that the City of St. Louis and many, many other use for benchmarking a building’s energy, water and waste. It is a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to understand their energy, water, and waste performance – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.

    About the City of St. Louis’s Building Energy Awareness Ordinance (Benchmarking Requirements) 
    On January 27, 2017, the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an energy benchmarking ordinance that requires municipal, institutional, commercial and multifamily residential buildings whose square footage is equal to or greater than 50,000 to track and report their energy and water usage annually to the City’s Building Division (Office of Building Performance). Privately owned buildings are required to benchmark and submit data by May 1 of each year using the free, online tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Full details about the Building Energy Awareness Ordinance are available at


    To Bring if You Need Assistance with Benchmarking:
    In order for this event to be a success, each building representative needing one-on-one assistance should bring:

    Laptop or Tablet
    Energy Use Data – Attendees should bring at least 13 consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building. Bring the number of units of each energy type used, not just the dollar amount of the utility fee.
    Access historical utility data using your past bills, or by setting up accounts on your utility websites: and
    Water Use Data: Attendees should bring water usage and cost data for a period that covers at least 13 consecutive months
    Access historical utility data using your past bills, or by setting up an account on the St. Louis City Water Division’s website:
    Property Use Details:
    All properties:
    Property Name
    Property Address
    Total Gross Floor Area of Property. Don’t know your GFA? Check St. Louis City’s Property Database.
    Year Built
    Additional required information varies by building type. Refer to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager’s Data Collection Worksheet.
    Consent to Use of Photographic Images:
    Registration/attendance at, or participation in Missouri Gateway Green Building Council programs and activities constitutes an agreement by the registrants to allow the organization to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the attendee’s image, in photographs, video, and electronic reproductions of such events and activities.

    Register Online Here

Energy Star Portfolio Manager Resources

EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool helps you measure and track the energy use, water use, waste and materials, and greenhouse gas emissions of your buildings, all in a secure online environment. Follow this link for information on how-to guides, videos and learning how to use Portfolio Manager to comply with St. Louis’s energy benchmarking ordinance:

Missouri Gateway Green Building Council

Have questions about green building or benchmarking? Want to get up to speed on green operations & maintenance? Missouri Gateway Green Building Council offers educational and networking opportunities year-round, including Green Professional Building Skills (GPRO) - Operations & Maintenance Essentials.

Contact Missouri Gateway Green Building Council at

Ameren Missouri Trade Ally network

Find contractors on Ameren’s Biz Savers website to help your business or building take advantage of energy efficiency measures today.

Missouri Division of Energy

Check out incentives and financing opportunities for your business or building offered through the state of Missouri.

Set the PACE STL

Set the PACE St. Louis is an innovative program that uses PACE financing to help homeowners and commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings.

City of St. Louis Sustainability

Learn about St. Louis’s sustainability efforts, resources and initiatives. You can also learn about the City’s Sustainability Plan.

Building Energy Exchange St. Louis

Building Energy Exchange St. Louis (BE-Ex STL) was borne out of a desire to help building owners comply with BEPS and to serve as a regional resource to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Better Buildings Financing Navigator

The Navigator is an online tool that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency projects, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative. The Navigator is designed for anyone who wants to access financing for energy efficiency projects or learn more about the marketplace in general, including building owners, facility and energy managers, sustainability directors, executives, contractors, consultants, brokers, researchers, and other decision-makers.

Note that the Navigator covers non-residential energy efficiency projects only.