The City of Minneapolis is the latest municipality to require commercial building energy rating and disclosure, meaning building owners must benchmark energy performance against that of similar buildings and report the results to the public. The ordinance will apply to publicly owned buildings 25,000 ft2 and larger starting in 2013; other properties will be phased in gradually, with all privately owned commercial buildings 50,000 ft2 and larger benchmarking and publicly reporting performance by mid-2016.
The city joins Washington, D.C., New York, and other large cities in taking this approach, which Minneapolis officials say will use market-based competition to encourage energy efficiency. Although the required Energy Star Portfolio Manager software also allows building owners to benchmark water efficiency, Minneapolis will not require reporting of water use.
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