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Minnesota

Policy Description:

The Efficient Buildnings Benchmarking Ordinance was passed by the Edina City Council on May 21, 2019. The policy phases in buildings in three stages by building size, or "class," and requires reporting every year by June 1st (see below). 

Exemptions are granted for buildings with qualifying financial stress, less than fifty percent occupancy for the benchmarking calendar year, or lack of a certificate of occupancy. 

This ordinance breaks buildings down into three groups, as follows:

ClassProperty SizeDate of First Submittal
1100,000 SF and greaterJune 1st, 2022
250,000 - 99,999 SFJune 1st, 2023
325,000 - 49,999 SFJune 1st, 2024

 

Authority in Charge:
City of Edina Sustainability Department
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government ALL 2020-06-01
Single-Family, Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2022-06-01
Single-Family, Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2021-06-01
Public/Government ALL 2020-06-01
Single-Family, Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2022-06-01
Single-Family, Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2021-06-01
Exemptions:
Qualifying financial hardship, buildings with low occupancy (less than 50 percent) for a full calendar year, and buildings missing a certificate of occupancy.
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Recipients:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Date Certain
Reporting Frequency:
Annually
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:
Written warning, then after 45 days, the Director may deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue any applicable business license held by the property owner or person. Compliance may also be enforced by injunction, abatement, mandamus, etc.

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
Yes
Description:
Written warning, then after 45 days, the Director may deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue any applicable business license held by the property owner or person. Compliance may also be enforced by injunction, abatement, mandamus, etc.
Additional Program Information:
Audits:
Yes
Covered properties with energy and water efficiency improvement potential shall submit proof of an energy assessment having been performed according to the schedule below. The assessment must have been performed within the last five (5) years and must include recommendations for energy and water savings opportunities. Qualifying proof that an evaluation has been performed shall be established by rules set at discretion by the Director. The Director shall also establish energy standards in the rules that define buildings requiring an assessment. Properties shall submit proof of energy assessment according to the following schedule: a. All Class 1 covered properties by June first, 2022 and by June first every fifth year thereafter; b. All Class 2 covered properties by June first, 2023 and by June first every fifth year thereafter; c. All Class 3 covered properties by June first, 2024 and by June first every fifth year thereafter.
Audits:
Yes
Covered properties with energy and water efficiency improvement potential shall submit proof of an energy assessment having been performed according to the schedule below. The assessment must have been performed within the last five (5) years and must include recommendations for energy and water savings opportunities. Qualifying proof that an evaluation has been performed shall be established by rules set at discretion by the Director. The Director shall also establish energy standards in the rules that define buildings requiring an assessment. Properties shall submit proof of energy assessment according to the following schedule: a. All Class 1 covered properties by June first, 2022 and by June first every fifth year thereafter; b. All Class 2 covered properties by June first, 2023 and by June first every fifth year thereafter; c. All Class 3 covered properties by June first, 2024 and by June first every fifth year thereafter.
Policy Description:
The department of administration shall maintain information on energy usage in all public buildings for the purpose of establishing energy efficiency benchmarks and energy conservation goals.  The department shall report preliminary  energy conservation goals to the chairs of the senate telecommunications, energy and utilities committee and the house regulated industries committee by January 15, 2002. 

The department shall develop, in coordination with the department of commerce, a comprehensive plan by January 15, 2003 2004, to maximize electrical and thermal energy efficiency in existing public buildings through conservation measures having a simple payback within ten to 15 years.  The plan must detail the steps necessary to implement the conservation measures and include the projected costs of these measures.  The owner or operator of a public building subject to this section shall provide information to the department of administration necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section.  
Enacted Date:
2002
Authority in Charge:
Minnesota Department of Administration
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government ALL
Notes:
The benchmarking required covers all public buildings.
Number of Buildings Affected:
8,590
Floor Area Affected:
324,034,678 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
No
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
No

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Compliance Rate (Based on # of Buildings):
87
Compliance Rate (Based on Building Area):
87