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Energy Benchmarking Ordinance


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Benchmarkingis the practice of tracking energy and water use over time to determine how a building performs compared to buildings of the same type. With this information, owners can identify opportunities to reduce energy and water use, save money, and cut emissions.

Because commercial and residential buildings are responsible for 62% of Saint Paul’s greenhouse gas emissions, and because the average commercial building wastes an estimated 30% of its energy due to inefficiencies, the City must prioritize this sector.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Benchmarking Buildings Compared to Citywide Emissions

Energy Use of Benchmarking Building Compared to all Commercial and Residential Buildings

In January 2020, the City of Saint Paul joined 24 other cities nationwide to require owners of large commercial and multifamily buildings to benchmark their energy and water use. Benchmarking energy use is the first step toward eliminating waste and optimizing energy use and savings. In cities requiring benchmarking, buildings have realized on average annual energy savings of 2-3% from just the benchmarking process. Learn more here:

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Summary and contacts



Responsible organizations

Contact persons

  • Main contact person Kurt Schultz

    Kurt Schultz

    Program Coordinator

    City of Saint Paul

Information updated 05/30/2023

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