2015 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 fourth annual report summarizes the data collection activities, benchmarking results, and analysis for the city’s largest public private commercial buildings based on building data submissions through August 31, 2016. 

Commercial and industrial building energy use was responsible for 46% of greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis in 2014. Energy use is significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and is 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 25,000 square feet (ft2) and greater and private commercial buildings 50,000 ft2 and above to report energy and water performance data to the City annually via the Environmental Protection 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 shows businesses and consumers how buildings are using – and wasting – energy. Disclosure information helps businesses and consumers make informed decisions that account for actual energy costs when buying, operating, and renting property. Benchmarking is the first step for buildings in controlling operating costs, maintaining market competitiveness, and improving energy 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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2015 Energy Benchmarking Report