About The Ordinance

​In Minneapolis, large commercial buildings make up almost 50% of the city's energy usage. This provides a tremendous opportunity for identifying areas with the largest potential for energy savings. As a part of its Climate Action Plan, Minneapolis City council adopted Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance (47.190) requiring commercial buildings to benchmark and report their energy and water consumption. ​

Buildings Impacted

As per the Ordinance passed by the Minneapolis city council, all the city buildings with area greater than 25,000 square feet and non-residential and non-industrial buildings with area greater than 50,000 square feet are required to report their annual Energy and Water benchmarking results. ​


All the buildings covered by the ordinance as per the above mentioned criteria must provide the data by May 1 of every year. ​


​Non-compliance may lead to warning notice being mailed to the building owner, with the potential of fines. ​