12 Challenge Leaders & 6 Inspiringly Efficient Buildings
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October 21. 2015 

Building Energy Challenge Kick-off a Success!

On Oct. 14th, we officially launched the Minneapolis Building Energy Challenge with more than 60 building managers, engineers, occupants, principals, students, and even family members in the City Hall rotunda.

Challenge Leaders (from L to R): Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, Janet Olson - Wells Fargo, Jonathan Teachout - Wells Fargo, Igor Melamed - Municipal Buiding Commission, Brian Millberg - City of Minneapolis, Mayor Betsy Hodges, Erin Delaney - Municipal Building Commission, Ann Eilbracht - HCMC, Laura McCarten - Xcel Energy, Nicole LaVere - Calhoun Square

After speaking to the importance of addressing climate change, the vital role that large commercial buildings play in helping the city attain its goals, and the partnership work among the city and utilities that benefit commercial buildings, Mayor Hodges, Council Member Glidden, and Xcel Energy Regional Vice President Laura McCarten recognized 6 organizations representing 12 buildings for committing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 15% by 2020. 

Challenge Leaders:

  • Ackerberg - Calhoun Square
  • City of Minneapolis - Minneapolis Convention Center and Royalston Maintenance Facility
  • Hennepin County - Government Center, Public Safety Facility, and Forensic Sciences Building
  • Hennepin County Medical Center - HCMC and Whittier Clinic
  • Municipal Building Commission - City Hall
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Minneapolis Campus Buildings North, West, and South

Is your building up to the challenge?  Join the 12 Challenge Leader buildings and commit to curbing greenhouse gas emission 15% by 2020!  Learn more and enroll!

Celebrating 6 Inspiringly Efficient Buildings

In kicking-off the Minneapolis Building Energy Challenge, we sought energy efficiency inspiration from a diversity of buildings doing great work in the city.  Ultimately, Mayor Hodges award 6 high performing buildings having the highest ENERGY STAR score or lowest energy use intensity in their building category.  Read descriptions of the fantastic energy efficiency projects these buildings have completed.  The winners of the High Performance Building Awards remind us that enhancing energy efficiency is possible in all types of buildings.  

Highest ENERGY STAR Score

  • Arts/Community/Education:   DelaSalle High School, 80
  • Business:   33 South Sixth, 98
  • Hospitality-Recreation:   Doubletree Hotel, 97

Lowest Energy Use Intensity

  • Arts/Community/Education:   Minnehaha Academy South, 54.1 
  • Business:   Broadway Place West, 42.0
  • Hospitality-Recreation:   Residence Inn City Center, 77.2

Winners were determined from benchmarking information submitted by buildings to the City as part of the Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Ordinance.  By improving energy efficiency, your building may be eligible for recognition at the 2016 awards celebration. 

Reminder: 2015 ENERGY STAR Certification Deadline November 16

High performing buildings deserve to be recognized as such, and ENERGY STAR Certification is a nationally recognizable sign of your building's high energy efficiency.  Buildings with ENERGY STAR scores of 75 and higher qualify for certification.

Applications for 2015 ENERGY STAR Certification are due November 16th!  Learn how to apply here.



Grants Available for ENERGY STAR Certification

ENERGY STAR Certification is a great way to show that your building uses energy efficiently. Certification is easy: simply complete a free application and have a professional engineer or architect conduct a site visit, which is a review of your building and Portfolio Manager data.  The City is offering $500 grants towards $800 site visits for certification in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  

Funding is limited, so don't delay!  Learn more.



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