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In December 2019, the city council passed the Efficient Building Benchmarking ordinance to support the Climate Action Plan’s midterm goal of reducing energy consumption in large commercial buildings 30 percent by 2030.

The ordinance requires commercial, multifamily and public buildings over 25,000 square feet to report annual whole-building energy and water use. The data reported will be used to:

  • Benchmark energy consumption
  • Compare energy usage
  • Identify places for energy improvements.
  • Empower property owners to compare the performance of their building to itself, neighboring buildings and industry standards.

The data may also reveal long-term utility cost savings opportunities to property owners.

While the approximately 275 buildings affected represent less than 2 percent of St. Louis Park’s total building count, the ordinance will create benchmarks for approximately 52 percent of the total building square footage in the city.

How to report data

To report your annual data, create an account in Energy Star Portfolio Manager and follow the Efficient Buildings Collaborative’s compliance checklist under “For Building Owners.”

For 2020, property owners will need to report utility data for the period of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. Property owners must enter or upload their utility data by June 1 of every year.

Training

Instructional videos on how to report data are available on the Efficient Buildings Collaborative website under “For Building Owners.”

View the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Quick Start Guide or contact the Efficient Buildings Collaborative help desk for additional guidance.

COVID-19 update: Previously scheduled in-person training in St. Louis Park and Edina will now be held as personalized web-based training sessions. RSVP on Eventbrite to sign up, and you will be contacted to set up an appointment for a one-on-one training. 

*The virtual training sessions are open to building owners in both St. Louis Park and Edina.

Contact for additional help

Efficient Buildings Collaborative Help Desk
866.614.7541
EBCHelp@hennepin.us

Available: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

View your data

Beginning June 2021, data for St. Louis Park buildings will be included on Hennepin County’s Efficient Buildings Collaborative Property Map.