Congratulations to the winners at the Building Energy Challenge Awards 2016! On Nov. 2nd, we celebrated the energy efficiency of five innovative and determined buildings and highlighted the extraordinary work of building operators. Read the recap of the event.
The City of Minneapolis is challenging large commercial buildings to better their building energy through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions with a goal of a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 by the year 2020.
All buildings that are subject to the benchmarking ordinance may become Challenge Leaders by publicly committing to the Challenge. Challenge Leaders will be celebrated each year at award ceremonies for their on-going commitment in addition to website case study, and newsletter recognition. Use this one-page description when talking with your building managers and decision-makers about enrolling.
Benefits of the Challenge:
Why focus on greenhouse gas emissions?
By committing to this ambitious but practical goal, buildings help the City meet the greenhouse gas emission targets set out in its Climate Action Plan. In addition, the metric allows for flexibility - buildings can improve energy efficiency, install or purchase renewable energy, or do a combination of the two.
How will progress be measured?
Building energy benchmarking data submitted annually in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager will be used to track changes in greenhouse gas emissions, energy use intensity, and ENERGY STAR scores for annual milestone awards.
Requirements for Challenge Leaders:
Buildings enrolling to become Challenge Leaders must commit to the Challenge and agree to the City highlighting that commitment publicly in City communications. Challenge leaders must also continue benchmarking buildings in Portfolio Manager, actively take steps toward the 15% goal, and participate in recognition activities, which includes case studies and annual awards.