History and benefits

Energy benchmarking is reducing energy costs and helping the environment.

A look at our history

In 2013, we started requiring large commercial and city-owned buildings to benchmark and report their energy consumption — a process known as energy benchmarking. 

In 2019, we expanded our requirement to include:

  • Large multifamily residential buildings 
  • Energy evaluations for low-performing buildings
  • Time-of-rent disclosures

Read the 2013 ordinance in our Legislative Information Management System (LIMS)

Read the 2019 update in our Legislative Information Management System (LIMS)


Downtown Minneapolis at dusk

The impact of our decisions

Building owners and the City have a better understanding of:

  • How much energy each building currently uses
  • How each building compares to other similar buildings
  • Where there are opportunities to make each building more efficient

This is resulting in building updates that:

  • Lower energy costs
  • Create healthier and more comfortable buildings
  • Contribute to a healthier environment throughout the city for all who live, work and play here
Downtown Minneapolis at dusk

Contact us

Energy Benchmarking

Minneapolis Health Department





Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415