Benchmarking Trainings and New Residential Disclosure and Energy Evaluations Policy

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February 28

2018 Benchmarking reports due June 1, 2019

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is back online after being temporarily unavailable due to the federal government shutdown. You can now log in to your account and benchmark your building(s) as usual. Buildings can submit their 2018 benchmarking data to the City here. 

Need help benchmarking? Or want to learn how to get it done faster? Check out these upcoming 'data jam' trainings.  The goal of a data jam is for property managers to learn about Portfolio Manager as well as the utilities' automatic data transfer tools and complete the benchmarking of their buildings during the session. Register for one of two in-person data jams:


Minneapolis City Council passes energy disclosure policies

On February 15th, Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed three energy disclosure policies. These policies include:

  • Residential benchmarking. An expansion to the City's Commercial Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency ordinance to now include residential buildings 50,000 sqft and greater to report annual energy and water consumption data to the City. Low-performing buildings will also be required to conduct an energy evaluation every 5 years, if a no-cost option is available. 
  • Time-of-Sale energy disclosure. An energy report will now be included as part of the existing Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) process for single family and duplex housing, allowing prospective home buyers and sellers to consider the efficiency of homes prior to purchase. 
  • Time-of-Rent energy disclosure. 
    • Multi-family buildings 50,000 sqft and greater will disclose their ENERGY STAR score and average energy use per sqft to prospective tenants prior to leasing. 
    • Multifamily buildings less than 50,000 sqft will disclose average energy use per sqft using an easily accessible portal for utility data.

Learn more about the policies here.

Energy Evaluation Requirement: What you need to know


Under the City of Minneapolis' new benchmarking ordinance, buildings 50,000 sqft and greater will be required to fulfill one of the following every five years. This requirement is only enforced IF there is an energy evaluation option available at no cost to the owner.

  1. PERFORMANCE: Earn an ENERGY STAR score in the top 75% of scores within the city, which will include properties with scores of 75 and greater or if no score is available, achieve an EUI in the bottom 75% of those in the city, or
  2. CERTIFICATION: Achieve a qualifying green building certification within past 3 years. These include ENERGY STAR, LEED Gold or Platinum, Minnesota B3, and others upon review, or
  3. PROGRESS: Achieve a 20% or greater reduction in weather-normalized energy use intensity over five (5) years, with an initial baseline year of 2020, or
  4. EVALUATION: Provide proof of an energy evaluation within the past five years. The evaluation must meet ASHRAE level 1 standards definition OR be an accepted tune-up/recommissioning  as established by the Minneapolis Health Commissioner or their designee.  

This requirement will be phased in over four years, beginning in 2020 with buildings 150,000 sqft and greater and affecting buildings of descending sizes in subsequent years. To learn more, review the Compliance Standards for Energy Benchmarking.

CenterPoint Energy launches tool that streamlines benchmarking

CenterPoint Energy is launching a new tool, the Energy Tracker, that allows customers to automatically aggregate whole-building energy use data and upload the data seamlessly into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. The Energy Tracker is designed to protect customer information while  helping facilitate easy, convenient data collection for energy benchmarking.

This tool is similar in many ways to Xcel Energy's Energy Benchmarking Tool, which is already used by many building managers to simplify benchmarking. Instructions on how to use the utilities' tools will be provided at the benchmarking data jams and at other future trainings. Watch this newsletter for updates.


ENERGY STAR Certification Assistance

Want to get ahead of the energy evaluation requirement?  Does your building have an ENERGY STAR Score 75 or above?  Become ENERGY STAR Certified!

Certification is free, however it does require verification by a professional engineer or registered architect. CenterPoint Energy provides a rebate up to $1500 per building for verifications. Learn more.

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Upcoming events & webinars




  •  2019 Building Operator Certification Training 
    • April 18 & 19 — Energy Efficient Operation of Building HVAC Systems
    • May 2 — Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance
    • May 16 — Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
    • May 30 — HVAC Controls Fundamentals
    • June 13 — Indoor Environmental Quality
    • June 27 — Low-Cost Operational Improvement
    • June 11 — Operations and Maintenance Practices for Sustainable Buildings

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Portfolio Manager

Phone: 612.673.3091

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