How to Benchmark


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What is the Policy?

Benchmarking puts you in control of your building energy and water performance by measuring, tracking, and comparing this performance to peers, to a standard building, and itself over time. The City of Minneapolis requires large commercial and multi-family to report and disclose their whole-building energy and water use to the City. Learn what benchmarking is and why the City is requiring it.

Who must Comply?

Commercial and multi-family buildings greater than 50,000 sqft in size in the City of Minneapolis are required to benchmark and report energy and water consumption per Ordinance 47.190. Industrial building space is excluded. Buildings under new ownership must also submit data after using signed consent forms from the previous owner to obtain energy data. Initial compliance dates vary for multi-family buildings based on size as shown in the chart below. For questions, contact Minneapolis Environmental Services by email or phone, 612-673-3091.

Multi-family Building Benchmarking Timeline

To comply, covered buildings must also provide proof of an energy evaluation. For a full list of compliance standards and exemptions, click here.

How to Benchmark and Comply

  1. The first step to comply with the City's benchmarking policy is to set up or update your property in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. These instructions (pdf) walk you through each step. Make sure your property details are as accurate as possible for more useful energy metrics. Consult our FAQ page or contact our Helpline for more information.

  2. Enter the previous year's water consumption data for the property into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. These instructions (pdf) will guide you through each step. Your property's historic water consumption data can be accessed here.

  3. Enter the previous year's energy consumption data for all fuel types into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The easiest way to enter this for your Xcel Energy electric consumption and CenterPoint Energy gas consumption is to use the utilities' automatic upload and data aggregation tools. This aggregates all consumption data for these utilities and automatically enters it into your Portfolio Manager account. To set up these free services, reference the Xcel Energy Benchmarking User Guide and Energy Tracker Guide from CenterPoint Energy for step-by-step instructions. To access NRG / Clearwave district energy data, click here for instructions. Other fuel consumption usage must be entered separately and manually.

  4. Submit your data to the City after you have consumption data for all twelve months of the benchmarking reported year for all fuel source types and water meters. You are in compliance with the City of Minneapolis' benchmarking policy.


Benchmarking requires energy consumption, water consumption, and building information. The information requested under the energy benchmarking ordinance must include, but need not be limited to:

  • Minneapolis Building ID & Minneapolis Property ID **
  • Property floor area (within +/-25% of assessor data) **
  • Property type
  • Electricity data (>0)
  • Heating data* (>0)
  • Water data (>0)
  • Site EUI (Energy Use Intensity) (25-400)
  • Complete/full calendar year (Jan. 1- Dec. 31) meter data for electricity, heat and water use
  • Energy Star Score (5-95) as applicable
  • Total GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions
*Parking Structures are exempt from reporting heating data
**Data provided by the City

The City shall make readily available or disclose to the public, and update at least annually, benchmarking information for the previous calendar year on the City's Property Info and Benchmarking Results pages according to a publicly stated schedule.

Failure to comply with the benchmarking requirement will lead to enforcement actions. Non-compliant buildings will receive violation notices and administrative citations starting June 1st and every 45 days thereafter.

Submit your Data

Once you have entered your data into Portfolio Manager and double-checked that your building square footage, energy units, and energy meters are correct, complete the City’s Data Request.


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