Building owners benchmark their building for the previous calendar year and submit data to the City using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager by June 1 each year, a date which is consistent with surrounding cities. Data is submitted in three groups. See chart below for details.
Initial Reporting Date
Covered city buildings containing a floor area of 75,000 gross square feet or greater
December 30, 2021
Covered buildings containing a floor area of 100,000 gross square feet or greater
June 1, 2022
Covered buildings containing a floor area of 75,000 gross square feet or greater
In August 2023, data for public, multifamily, and commercial buildings over 100,000 sq. ft. will be included on Hennepin County’s Efficient Buildings Collaborative Property Map. Starting in August 2024, data for public, multifamily, and commercial buildings over 75,000 sq ft will be added.
The focus of the program is on benchmarking education, and there will be no enforcement for each building's first year of benchmarking. Starting in year two, civil penalties will be an enforcement option. These will be considered after reminders are given. Enforcement details are outlined in the City of Bloomington's City Code. Exemptions can also be found the City of Bloomington's City Code.
Over 30 cities are showing that the building market thrives on information. Total building energy use in cities with benchmarking policies on average drops 1-3 percent annually. In Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis’ commercial benchmarking policy has recorded over 400 buildings since 2013 and recently expanded to include multifamily buildings, while Edina, St. Louis Park, and Saint Paul are currently in year three implementing their policies. See a map of policies across the U.S.