Building Energy Benchmarking Collaborative

Find resources for cities developing and implementing building energy benchmarking and transparency policies, as well as information for building owners affected by these policies.

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How it works and how to sign up

By signing up, you will receive:

  • Advice and guidance on policy development and implementation
  • Technical assistance for building owners
  • Quality assurance for building energy benchmarking data
  • Shared, countywide GIS mapping tool to display benchmarking data

Explore the resources below and email leah.hiniker@hennepin.us to get started. We will set up a meeting to determine what implementing a policy will look like in your city.

Benefits of participating

Benefits of benchmarking and transparency

  • Help building owners understand their building’s energy use and how it compares to similar buildings in the area
  • Identify opportunities to cut waste in buildings
  • Create a demand for energy efficiency in the property market

Learn more about the benefits of benchmarking and transparency (PDF)

Join the movement

Buildings make up 40% of total energy consumption in the United States – that’s a huge opportunity for energy savings. To tap into this potential for energy savings, local governments across the country have passed energy benchmarking and transparency policies that require certain buildings to record and report their energy use annually. When energy use is tracked and publicized, building owners find new incentive to prioritize energy efficiency.

Download the full map of benchmarking and transparency policies across the U.S. (PDF)

Other local programs

The City of Minneapolis has had an energy benchmarking and transparency policy since 2013. Hennepin County worked with the city’s benchmarking staff to understand the lessons learned and best practices developed from their program. The county has since created a comprehensive set of services for cities that want to pass their own benchmarking policy.

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