Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency
In Minneapolis, large commercial buildings make up almost 50% of the city's energy use. This provides a tremendous opportunity for identifying areas with the largest potential for energy savings. In February of 2013, the Minneapolis City Council adopted ordinance 47.190 requiring commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and over and city-owned buildings 25,000 square feet and over to annually benchmark their energy consumption and report this information 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.
NEXT COMPLIANCE DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
All commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger are required to report their annual energy and water benchmarking results to the City through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager program.
How to Comply
Resources for Building Owners and Managers
The phase-in of benchmarking for City-owned and private commercial buildings is now complete. Going forward, the following timeline will be used for compliance, reporting, and publication annually.
Compliant buildings receive an email notice of compliance shortly after submitting reports. Excluding buildings with exemptions, buildings can be in non-compliance by having either no submission or an incomplete submission. Non-compliant buildings first receive a warning of non-compliance in the form of a violation notice. If no action is taken by the building to resolve the violation by the end of the period marked on the violation notice, citations are issued. Up to four citations may be issued and double in amount with each subsequent citation ($200, $400, $800, $1600).
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Last updated Jul 14, 2016