Media: Large buildings using less energy, water, report says (Southwest Journal)

Mar 6, 2018

CEE is a key partner to the City of Minneapolis, providing technical and outreach expertise for the energy benchmarking ordinance adopted in 2013. 

From the Southwest Journal:

Energy and water use in large buildings in Minneapolis trended downward after the City Council passed an ordinance requiring certain building owners to benchmark and submit consumption data, according to a new city report. Adjusted for weather, consistently benchmarked large buildings used 1.7 percent less energy per square foot in 2016 compared to 2014, according to the report. The same buildings reduced their water consumption by 5.9 percent, the report said...

...The report noted that one of the most dramatic improvements has come from parking garages, which saw a 36 percent decrease in energy use from 2014 to 2016, after adjusting for weather. The improvement was largely due to conversions to LED light bulbs and changes to lighting-controls equipment, the report said.

“Lighting is a unique area right now because of improvements in technology to LEDs, dramatic cost reductions and rebates that still exist from utilities,” Jones Schmitt said. “It makes a whole lot of sense to change out lighting to LED and upgrade lighting controls.” Jones Schmitt said all participants in the city’s Building Energy  Challenge have done lighting retrofits. The challenge, which is voluntary, asks large building owners and operators to actively take steps to reduce their buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2020...

Read the full article at  the Southwest Journal

Related Links
Minneapolis benchmarking ordinance website
2016 Energy Benchmarking Report