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Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Policy

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.



All commercial buildings greater than 50,000 square feet are required to report their annual energy and water benchmarking results to the City through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager program

How to comply


Qualifications: For questions about whether the ordinance applies to you or about the notification you received from the City, contact Minneapolis Environmental Servicesat 612-673-3091.


Help Step-by-step instructions as well as Helpline information are available from the Center for Energy and Environment with support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.:


Extensions: To request an exemption or extension for reporting 2014 energy data by June 1, 2015 fill out the Extension/Exemption form and return to Environmental Services at MPLSEnergyStar@minneapolismn.gov . In order for an exemption or extension to be granted, you also need to connect to us in Portfolio Manager by searching for MPLSBENCHMARK and sending a connection request.



Results: How is your building performing?


Resources for Building Owners and Managers

Benchmarking Timeline

Due DateBenchmarkingStatus of Public Disclosure

June 1, 2013

City owned buildings

Public disclosure begins for public buildings

June 1, 2014

City owned buildings and Commecial buildings of 100,000  square feet and over

Public disclosure of public buildings

June 1, 2015

City owned buildings and Commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and over

Public disclosure begins for commercial buildings of 100,000 square feet and over

June 1, 2016

City owned buildings and Commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and over

Public disclosure applies to all affected buildings



Last updated Feb 26, 2015