Beginning June 1, landlords in Minneapolis with commercial buildings larger than 100,000 square feet must provide energy usage information to the city. Owners will also submit carbon emissions and water usage information as well as an “Energy Star” performance score to be used in an annual benchmarking report.
Last year, the city adopted a policy which required both commercial and public buildings to disclose their energy usage. The city recently sent letters to more than 200 buildings informing them to submit their energy usage information by June 1.
The city will host workshops on April 24 and May 6 to familiarize building owners and experts with the new process. There is also a website and helpline to answer any questions.
Failures to report energy usage by the June 1 deadline will be subject to fines and/or denial, suspension, or revocation of building licensure.
Beginning this summer, commercial building owners will be required to submit data annually. In 2015, commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger will have to report as well.
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