Energy-Efficiency Regulations and Resources for Businesses

Commercial Building Energy Resources & Regulations

  • Reduce your energy use and transition to renewable energy - see below for resources to take action now that reduce your building energy needs and moves toward a renewable energy future.
  • Sustainable Buildings Policy - New construction and significant renovations seeking a PUD or financial support from the City of Edina must comply. 
  • Green Business Recognition Program - The City of Edina celebrates green and sustainable actions promoted by local business. Apply to get recognized for your business's environmental practices!
  • Efficient Buildings Ordinance - Buildings 25,000 square feet or larger must comply annually:
    • Benchmark and report energy and water use to the City;
    • Stay up to date with the Energy Assessment requirement

Efficient Buildings Ordinance, What Is It?

The City of Edina is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030, from 2019. The Efficient Buildings Ordinance benchmarks existing energy use in commercial buildings, and promotes resources to increase energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy sources. 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.

Many property managers and owners already benchmark their buildings. Benchmarking the energy performance of a building is the first step to increasing energy efficiency.

How are efficient are buildings in Edina? View energy use by building:
Hennepin County Building Energy Benchmarking Tracker

Virtual training sessions


Get an overview of ordinance requirements and 1:1 help through a virtual training offered by the Efficient Buildings Collaborative. RSVP below:

New in 2022

  • Beginning in 2022, the City of Edina requires that commercial buildings provide proof of an approved energy assessment, at no cost to the building owner, every five years.
  • The City of Edina amended its Efficient Building Ordinance in Fall, 2021. Beginning in 2022, compliant buildings must report water use through Energy Star Portfolio Manager in addition to energy. Not sure how much water your building used? Sign up for e-billing to receive virtual statements, or contact Edina's utility billing department.

Energy Assessment Guidelines

Who must comply?

Properties with energy and water efficiency improvement potential shall submit proof of an energy assessment having been performed according to the schedule below. The assessment must have been performed within the last five (5) years and must include recommendations for energy and water savings opportunities. Buildings’ energy improvement potential shall be defined on an annual basis, based on the prior year’s benchmarking data. Weather Normalized Site Energy Use Intensity (EUI) shall be used to determine improvement potential. The 50% of buildings with the highest Weather Normalized Site EUI values in a given class shall be required to comply with an energy assessment.

ClassProperty Size (in gross square feet)Compliance Schedule
1100,000 and greaterJune first, 2022 and by June first every fifth year thereafter
250,000 – 99,999June first, 2023 and by June first every fifth year thereafter
325,000-49,999June first, 2024 and by June first every fifth year thereafter


How to comply

Every spring, buildings required to comply (based on prior year's weather normalized site EUI) will be notified by mail and email of the compliance requirement and the process to either receive an energy assessment, submit proof of an existing energy assessment performed in the last five years, or seek an exemption.

Buildings required to comply with the Energy Assessment will be contacted by a City-approved Energy Assessment team to schedule the assessment. This team will submit proof of assessment to the City to achieve compliance for the building. 

Exemptions

Think your building might be exempt? The building owner can complete this Exemption Form, choosing "Edina" as the City and "Energy Assessment" in the exemption option drop-down. Exemptions may be considered if a building meets one of the following:

  1. Properties with qualifying green building certifications within past 3 years are exempt.  These include ENERGY STAR, LEED Silver, Minnesota B3, and other certifications outlined in Edina’s Sustainable Buildings Policy.
  2. Beginning in 2025, properties showing evidence of 20% weather-normalized energy use intensity reduction over five (5) years, with an initial baseline year of 2019 may seek an exception. 
  3. Received energy assessment in last 5 years

Sign up for an Energy Assessment

Buildings required to comply by receiving an energy assessment will be contacted to schedule an assessment. In 2022, the City of Edina is offering no-cost energy assessments to any building 25,000 square feet or larger in the city who wishes to comply with the Efficient Buildings ordinance earlier than their anticipated compliance year (2023 or 2024). If you wish to comply early, please contact the Efficient Buildings Help Desk Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm CT via email [email protected], phone (866) 614-7542, or appointment https://energyreporting.as.me/

Building Benchmarking Guidelines

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)

Take Action Now

Resources to reduce energy use and switch to renewable energy

  • To reduce electricity use, contact Xcel Energy’s Business Solutions Center at 855-839-8862 and they will guide you through the process of finding the right programs and rebates for your business. 
  • To reduce natural gas use, contact CenterPoint Energy’s Business Customer Hotline at 877-809-3803 to discuss rebate programs and services.
  •  Minnesota Technical Assistance Program - The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) helps businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment. 
  • PACE Renewable Energy Financing - Financing options for renewable energy or energy efficient building improvements through the St. Paul Port Authority (SPPA) Program called Pace of MN. For more information on the EEEP program, visit the SPPA website
  • Business Energy Investment Tax Credit - Find out if you could be eligible here.
  • Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan Program - The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) program provides financing to businesses for energy efficiency improvements.
  • Xcel Energy Business Program and Rebates - Find equipment rebates, renewable energy options, and more. Contact the Energy Advisor Team at [email protected] or 855-839-8862.
  • This winter, do your part for clean water by making sure that you and your service provider are Smart Salting certified. View of the list of certificate holders and use this model contract to ensure safety while protecting the environment.
  • Take steps each day to save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense labeled products. Check out information for commercial buildings and irrigation controller technologies that can significantly reduce water waste due to over watering.