In this COP discussion we will cover the importance of energy and water benchmarking as a first step towards operating efficient affordable multifamily properties. You’ll learn about the policies and programs currently in place that incentivize utility bench marking in multifamily properties nationwide and get a tour of the most popular benchmarking tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Lastly, we will talk through a real-life example of how benchmarking can lead to making better decisions about the management of properties, ultimately resulting in reduced operating costs, the preservation of affordable housing, protecting tenant welfare, and meeting suitability goals to combat climate change.