Buildings & Energy

What Is It?

Many property managers and owners already benchmark their buildings. Benchmarking the energy performance of a building is the first step to reducing consumption because you can’t manage what you don’t measure. 

Improving building energy efficiency is a key component of the City’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint while supporting building owners’ pathways to lower operating costs.

What Buildings Does It Apply To?

  • Buildings over 50,000 square feet starting in 2020
  • Buildings over 25,000 square feet starting in 2021.

Those buildings must begin annual benchmarking per the Efficient Building Benchmarking Ordinance (PDF) passed by the Edina City Council May 21, 2019.

Building Benchmarking Tools and Resources

Be Recognized 

Businesses of all types are encouraged to apply for the Green Business Recognition Program. Earn points toward being recognized as a gold, silver, or bronze Green Business by taking steps in various areas including:

  • Energy use
  • Landscaping and water conservation
  • Purchasing
  • Recycling
  • Solid waste
  • Transportation

Learn More

Own or manage a building 25,000 square feet or larger? This video explains the program:


Or see the Large Building Benchmarking Fact Sheet (PDF)