2014 Minneapolis Energy Benchmarking

Executive Summary

A central strategy for meeting the City of Minneapolis climate action goals is to drive high building performance in the commercial market through energy and water benchmarking and disclosure. This third annual report summarizes the data collection activities, benchmarking results, and analysis for the city’s largest public and private commercial buildings based on building data submissions through August 31, 2015.

Commercial and industrial energy use represents 47% of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis. Energy use is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, and also the largest controllable operational cost in buildings. The crucial first step in addressing and managing energy use is understanding building energy performance. In 2013, Minneapolis adopted the commercial building benchmarking and disclosure policy (ordinance 47.190) requiring public buildings greater than 25,000 square feet, and private commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and above, to report energy and water performance data to the City annually via the Environmental Pollution Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This policy was among a set of strategies laid out in the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Building energy disclosure is intended to increase both building owner and public awareness of building energy performance and then, through increased transparency, the market will spur action to increase efficiency. Greater energy efficiency provides tremendous benefits for Minneapolis building owners, occupants, and the community, including lowered energy costs, increased property values, enhanced building comfort, and reduced air pollution. 

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2014 Energy Benchmarking Report