Ohio Benchmarking Policies

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

Columbus, OH

On June 18, 2014, Columbus, Ohio announced a voluntary benchmarking initiative and assistance to large commercial building owners.

Title: Columbus Energy Challenge

Date Passed: June 18, 2014

Language: Columbus Energy Challenge

Assistance: Take the Challenge; 614.645.0815


The Columbus Energy Challenge is a voluntary benchmarking initiative that offers assistance to participants who document their whole-building energy use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Those that achieve 20 percent energy usage reduction within 18 months are recognized. Building owners and manager are provided with registration information, training opportunities and a tool to auto-upload utility data, and directed to utility rebates and other resources to help reduce energy usage and save money. The Challenge was created by the Columbus Building Energy Efficiency Task Force, who was asked by Mayor Coleman and BOMA Columbus to recommend a program that would engage over 70% of large building owners to manage and reduce energy usage from buildings 20% by the year 2020. Reducing usage by 20% would save over $60 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Columbus by over 720,000 metric tons of CO2e. 

The Facilities Management Division is also in the process of rating the energy efficiency of all 98 city buildings is in the process of rating the energy efficiency through the use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager, totaling 2.5 million square feet of space.

 Compliance Deadline

Type of Building

Building Size Threshold

None (Voluntary)


50,000 square feet or larger