Missouri Benchmarking Policies

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

Benchmarking Ordinance: Kansas City, Missouri

On June 4, 2015, Kansas City became the 14th municipality in the U.S. and third in the Midwest to successfully pass an ordinance which requires building owners to improve their energy management practices.

Title: Energy Empowerment Ordinance

Date Passed: June 4, 2015

Policy Language: Ordinance 150299

Assistance: Kansas City Government Technical Assistance Webpage; 816.513.3462; benchmarking@kcmo.org

Summary:

The Kansas City benchmarking ordinance requires city-owned and –operated buildings over 10,000 square feet and privately-owned commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to record energy and water consumption data in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. It affects the largest  3% of commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings in Kansas City, which comprises more than 50% of the floor space & energy use. The benchmarking ordinance will assist the city to measure their progress towards their stated energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The data will also assist the city in providing owners of lesser performing buildings with the necessary resources to improve their energy consumption figures. These may include utility incentive/rebate programs, building operator training programs and best practices towards energy savings and human comfort. The ordinance passed the city council with a vote of 12-1 in favor of the initiative.

 Compliance Deadline

Type of Building

Building Size Threshold

May 1, 2016, and

each May 1 thereafter

Municipal

Exceeds 10,000 square feet

May 1, 2017, and

each May 1 thereafter

Institutional, commercial, industrial, multifamily residential

Exceeds 100,000 square feet

May 1, 2018, and

each May 1 thereafter

Institutional, commercial, industrial, multifamily residential

Exceeds 50,000 square feet

 

Benchmarking Ordinance: St. Louis, Missouri

On Monday, January 30, 2017, St. Louis became the fifth city in the Midwest to pass a mandatory energy benchmarking ordinance.

Title: Building Energy Awareness Ordinance

Date Passed: January 30, 2017

Policy Language: Ordinance 70474

Assistance: St. Louis Ordinance Webpage; USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter;

Summary:

The “Building Energy Awareness” ordinance of St. Louis requires certain buildings to record annual whole-building energy and water consumption data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. City-owned buildings will lead the way benchmarking in the first year under the ordinance, with privately-owned commercial buildings 50,000 sq.ft. and larger complying by April 1, 2018. Both city- and privately-owned buildings will be required to report their consumption information each year thereafter. The city will make the information available to the public after the reporting period. The ordinance covers approximately 900 existing buildings.

The ordinance was introduced by alderman John Coatar and passed unanimously in less than two months from its introduction, likely because St. Louis is no stranger to taking action to reduce energy consumption in buildings. The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative was launched in 2014, which includes building benchmarking and goals of reducing energy consumption in buildings 25% by 2020. In 2015, Mayor Slay joined with other local government officials around the world in committing to the Compact of Mayors and pledging to gather GHG data, set a climate protection target and develop climate plans. St. Louis is also part of the City Energy Project, a national initiative to cut energy waste in buildings in twenty US cities.

 Compliance Deadline

Type of Building

Building Size Threshold

December 31, 2017, and

each April 1 thereafter

City owned and operated

50,000 square feet and larger

April 1, 2018, and

each April 1 thereafter

Privately-owned buildings

50,000 square feet and larger