BuildingRating

Sharing Transparency for a More Efficient Future

Des Moines

Policy Description:

On June 3, 2019, Des Moines adopted a mandatory benchmarking ordinace by a city council meeting 5-2. Since large buildings account for 56% of greenhouse gas emissions in Des Moines, this initiative will support the city's efforts to cut their emissions by 28 percent by 2025.

The law requires commercial, muiltifamily, and city-owned buildings over 25,000 square feet to benchmark annually. An estimated nearly 800 buildings will be required to report their energy use  by June 1, 2020. The results of this reporting will be made public by 2022, and all buildings that have an ENERGY STAR score below 75 will be identified online. However, owners of these low-performing bulidings can keep their data private if they commit to a performance improvement path.

 

 

Enacted Date:
2019
Authority in Charge:
Des Moines City Manager
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2020-05-01
Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2020-05-01
Number of Buildings Affected:
800
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Recipients:
Government
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:
Administrative Penalty
Additional Program Information:
Audits:
No
Retrocommissioning:
No
Water Use Tracking:
Yes