On June 3, 2019, Des Moines became the first city in Iowa to require buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to benchmark their building energy data.
Title: Energy and Water Use Benchmarking for Certain Properties in Des Moines
Date Passed: June 3, 2019
Policy Language: Ordinance 15,779
Summary: Des Moines, Iowa joined the ranks of some of the most sustainability-conscious cities in the Midwest when the city council adopted a new benchmarking ordinance on June 3, 2019. The ordinance will require all city-owned buildings and privately-owned commercial and multifamily buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to report their energy and water usage to the city. Currently, large buildings in Des Moines account for 56% of greenhouse gas emissions, and this initiative will aid in the city’s goal of reducing their emissions 28% by 2025.
|Compliance Deadline||Type of Building|
|June 1, 2019 (for 2018) and each June thereafter||City covered properties|
|May 1, 2020 (for 2019) and each June thereafter||Covered properties other than city covered properties|