Efficient Buildings Collaborative

Our Efficient Buildings Collaborative brings together the county, cities and buildings owners to do energy benchmarking.

Energy benchmarking is the process of monitoring and reporting the energy use of a building. It allows comparison of buildings’ energy use to similar buildings or buildings’ past performance.

Cities can get help from Hennepin County adopting an energy benchmarking ordinance. They can also get help developing and implementing the program.

Building owners can get help from the county on how to benchmark their building.

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For cities

Benefits of joining the Efficient Buildings Collaborative

Program expertise

You get the cost effective services of a consultant specializing in energy benchmarking.

Cost effective services

The services the county provides reduce your need for additional staff.

You pay less for consulting services than if you hired services individually.

Consistent benchmarking process

Makes it simpler for owners to benchmark their buildings.

Ordinance development and adoption

Cities can get help developing a framework for passing an ordinance.

This includes strategic planning meetings and tools, including:

  • Guide to passing an ordinance
  • Help understanding the city building fleet
  • Ordinance template

Ordinance implementation

Once the city passes an ordinance, it can receive technical services through a contract with the county.

Options to help you successfully implement the program can include:

  • Building identification and set-up
  • Program training and outreach
  • Technical assistance for building owners and data compliance
  • Reporting and scorecards including interactive GIS map of building energy data
  • Connect building owners to energy efficiency programs

Participating cities

List of participating cities:

Cities outside of Hennepin County may participate in the Efficient Buildings Collaborative.


For more detail on cost and scope of the services, contact Leah Hiniker at 612-543-1219 or leah.hiniker@hennepin.us.

For building owners

Participating building owners will enter energy use data into a free online program. The program is called Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Owners will enter data before reporting to the city.

Building owners will have step-by-step guidance to help make this process easier. Guidance documents will be available online.

Building owners will:

  • Get their unique building ID for this program
  • Enter their building data into the online Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Report their data to the city by June 1 each year

Why do energy benchmarking

Benefits of an energy efficiency ordinance

Buildings use 40% of all energy consumed in the United States. That’s a huge opportunity for energy savings. Cities have started requiring large buildings to record their energy use each year. Buildings must also report the data publicly.

Save energy and money

An energy efficiency policy helps building owners find ways to save energy. This saves money in utility costs. It also creates demand for energy efficiency in the property market.

Inform local policy

Energy data reported to local government can inform policy and programs. Cities can then target known efficiency issues.

Create local jobs

As building owners look for ways to save energy they may hire professionals to help. These can include engineers, contractors, energy auditors and construction workers.

Recognize efficiency

Energy efficient buildings are gaining importance in the property market. Energy reporting draws positive attention to energy efficient buildings.

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