BuildingRating

Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

Minneapolis

Policy Description:

Minneapolis's benchmarking ordinance has its origins in the 2006 Think Green Collaborative, an initiative from the mayors' offices of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The collaborative convened industry, non-profit, and government representatives to develop recommendations for sustainable economic development. A policy addressing existing building energy policy was one of many recommendations. Minneapolis Council member Elizabeth Glidden authored the Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Ordinance (No. 47.190), which was enacted on January 28, 2013. Beginning with the second annual benchmarking report for each building, the City of Minneapolis will make the data accessible to the public.

Enacted Date:
2013
Authority in Charge:
Director of Minneapolis Health Department
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 100,000 Sq. Feet 2014-06-01
Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2015-06-01
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2013-05-01
Exemptions:
**Threshold Values apply to occupancy use other than residential or industrial Exemptions: Industrial & residential - when either use comprises over 50% of a building's GSF; New buildings issued a certificate of occupancy less than 2 years before current reporting deadline; Unoccupied buildings - buildings, or the commercial areas of mixed use buildings, that were less than 50% occupied during the year for which reporting is due; Buildings that are in verifiable financial distress, such as subject to tax lien sales, or currently owned by financial institutions due to borrower default.
Number of Buildings Affected:
625
Floor Area Affected:
110,000,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Recipients:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Date Certain
Reporting Frequency:
Annually

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
Yes
Description:
Warning notice mailed to the building owner, indicating 45 days to comply else face a penalty. Failure to comply with penalties may result in a suspension of commercial building registration.
Number of Buildings in Compliance:
102
Area of Buildings in Compliance:
21,000,000 Sq. Feet
Compliance Rate (Based on # of Buildings):
87% (2013)
Notes:
Compliance data from November 2013
Additional Program Information:
Water Use Tracking:
Yes