Accurate benchmarking data is key to understanding, and quantifying, how buildings use energy and water. It is also essential in identifying the level of action potentially required under the District of Columbia’s Building Energy Performance Standards. Verifying a building’s benchmarking data will also allow decision-makers to understand where there are opportunities to improve performance.
Building owners in the District are required to obtain third-party verification of benchmarking data from an approved verifier beginning in 2024 for data submitted for 2023. Verification is required every three years thereafter and would be submitted as part of the benchmarking report by the April 1 deadline.
To support you as you navigate data verification compliance, the Hub has created a sample Third-Party Benchmarking Data Verifier scope of work (SOW). You can download this editable SOW to use as a guide when hiring an approved verifier.
Note that this is a Building Innovation Hub resource, developed with DOEE input. However, it is intended only as a guide and does not guarantee compliance with the District’s requirements and laws. It is, ultimately, the responsibility of the individual Property and data Verifier to complete the verification according to the District’s regulations.
Developed with DOEE input, the Hub has created a sample Third-Party Benchmarking Data Verifier scope of work (SOW) to help you navigate data verification compliance.