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Minneapolis Commercial Building Rating & Energy Disclosure Ordinance

Commercial Building Rating & Energy Disclosure Ordinance for the City of Minneapolis


The Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to air pollution and environment protection was recently amended in January 2013 to include an ordinance for annual benchmarking and reporting of energy usage as stated in the Commercial Building Rating & Disclosure Ordinance. This law will require all commercial buildings to report their energy and water use annually by May 1st, starting in 2014. This would enable buildings to compare their total energy usage to that of similar buildings, using energy performance scores as benchmarks.


Starting in 2014, all commercial buildings over 100,000 square feet (defined as  Class 2 covered buildings) will be required to benchmark energy and water use annually by May 1st. All commercial buildings over 50,000 SF but less than 100,000 SF (Class 1 covered buildings) will have to report energy usage starting in 2015 by May 1st. Facilities excluded from this requirement include local, state, federal or county government-owned buildings. City-owned buildings, however, will be required to report their energy use starting by May 1st, 2013 and every year thereafter.



Initial Compliance Schedule

City-owned  buildings


By May 1st, 2013

Covered buildings (commercial)

100,000 SF or more

By May 1st, 2014

Covered buildings (commercial)

50,000 – 99,999 SF

By May 1st, 2015




Building owners may be exempt from the benchmarking requirements if their case pertains to any of the following categories:

  •  The building is currently experiencing financial distress such as those relating to tax arrears, foreclosures, defaults on mortgages
  •  The building areas have less than 50% occupancy levels during the applicable calendar year
  •  The building was constructed newly and has a certificate of occupancy within 2 years prior to the applicable benchmarking year



Properties that fail to comply with any of the requirements of this ordinance will be issued a warning notice specifying reasons for violations and provided 45 days for modification. If compliance is delayed beyond that period, the building owner may face denial, suspension or revocation of their certificate of commercial building registration. Non-compliance could also result in court-enforced penalties for the owner.

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