Through the Energize Saint Paul program, the City aims to make public, commercial and residential buildings more energy efficient. Energy use in commercial and residential buildings accounts for over half of Saint Paul’s greenhouse gas emissions, so increasing building energy efficiency is critical for Saint Paul to achieve its climate goals. By providing resources and guidance, Energize Saint Paul helps building owners and residents save money on utility bills while reducing our city's impact on climate change.
Large Buildings Required to Benchmark
The City of Saint Paul's new Energy Benchmarking ordinance requires that owners of multi-family and commercial properties 100,000 square feet and larger must benchmark energy and water use by June 1, 2020; properties 50,000 square feet and larger must comply by June 1, 2021.
Explore the programs and resources that Energize Saint Paul offers:
- Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
- Race to Reduce
- General Benchmarking Information
- Energy Efficiency Resources
Do you own or manage a commercial or multi-family building 50,000 square feet and larger? The City of Saint Paul will guide you through compliance with the Energy Benchmarking ordinance.
The Race to Reduce is a recognition program for owners and operators of large commercial, multifamily, and public buildings who commit to maximizing energy efficiency with operations and maintenance-based solutions.
Energize Saint Paul offers a variety of trainings to help you benchmark and maximize energy efficiency in your building.
Benchmarking is the ongoing review of building energy and water use, over time and relative to peers. It allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s energy and water performance and identify opportunities to cut waste. Building owners/operators can benchmark their energy and water usage using the free online tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
We have a variety of resources for Saint Paul residents and businesses to maximize their energy efficiency. You can see our tip sheets and other resources by clicking the link below.