Initial compliance dates vary based on size:
- Buildings at or over 100,000 square feet must comply by June 1, 2014, and every June 1 thereafter.
- Buildings at or over 50,000 square feet must comply by June 1, 2015, and every June 1 thereafter.
For assistance and resources to help comply with the ordinance, visit the Center for Energy and Environment's Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance site If you have questions about whether this applies to your building, contact Environmental Services at 612-673-3867 or via email.
Portfolio Manager How-To
Buildings use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to track energy use and calculate an ENERGY STAR score of 1-100, for eligible building types. Information is submitted annually to Minneapolis Environmental Services directly through Portfolio Manager. Follow the Center for Energy and Environment's guide (pdf) for step-by-step instructions on how to enter your building's data to comply with Minneapolis' Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. You will need to collect the following information before starting your session:
- Property name and address
- Your bills for electricity, gas, steam, chilled water, and municipal water (total usage, billing beginning and end dates) for the reporting year
- Building gross square footage
- Building type(s)
- Certain building attributes, depending on building type. These may include:
- Weekly operating hours
- number of computers
- number of workers
- percent of building that is heated or cooled
Resources for Building Owners and Managers
- Benchmarking Policy Overview
- Ordinance text
- Getting Started with Energy Star Portfolio Manager
- Frequently Asked Questions about the benchmarking ordinance
- Energy Benchmarking Exceptions Request Form
- Minneapolis Property Info
Last updated Jul 30, 2015