Minneapolis may publish energy-efficiency scores for commercial buildings

Larger buildings in Minneapolis would be required to publish energy efficiency stats under a new rule.

Larger buildings in Minneapolis would be required to publish energy efficiency stats under a new rule. 

Minneapolis officials are considering a plan that would publish energy-efficiency scores for commercial buildings, a move that some building owners don't like.

The Star Tribune reports that the plan would require buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to report utility usage to Energy Star, the same government-sponsored program that tracks energy efficiency for appliances. The city would publish the scores to encourage building owners to invest in energy-saving tools. That would cut energy emissions and boost green-jobs hiring.

A spokesperson for the Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Association said that tenants, not owners, control much of a building's energy use, and the plan would unfairly penalize some landlords.

Some major office buildings, such as Fifth Street Towers, Ameriprise Financial Center, Capella Tower and the IDS Center, already file such information. You can see the full list of Minneapolis buildings on the Energy Star site here.

Other cities, including New York and San Francisco, already have similar rules. Seattle also has a policy in place.

From the Minneapolis Business Journal.

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