Minnesota Benchmarking Policies

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Benchmarking Ordinance: Minneapolis, MN

On February 8, 2013, Minneapolis became the first municipality in the Midwest to successfully pass an ordinance which engages building owners to improve their energy management practices.

Title: Minneapolis Building Rating and Disclosure Policy

Date Passed: February 8, 2013

Policy Language: Ordinance 47.190

Assistance: Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance site; 612-673-3091; mplsenergystar@minneapolismn.gov

Summary:

The Minneapolis Building Rating and Disclosure Policy requires commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger and city-owned buildings 25,000 square feet and larger to annually benchmark their energy consumption through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. According to the city, “This ordinance will allow building owners and the City to track energy and water usage year to year to determine opportunities for improvement, recognize high performers, and determine progress towards the City's Climate Action Plan goals.” The ordinance also requires annual reports of benchmarking results released to the public. Commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet represent over 70% of the total commercial square footage in Minneapolis.

Compliance Deadline Type of Building Building Size Threshold
June 1, 2014, and each June 1 thereafter Municipal 25,000 square feet and larger
June 1, 2015, and each June 1 thereafter Commercial 100,000 square feet and larger
June 1, 2016, and each June 1 thereafter Commercial 50,000 square feet and larger