A voluntary benchmarking program launched a few years ago hasn’t caught on with commercial building owners, so city leaders want to make it mandatory.
City ordinance provides a contrast to state-level actions, which gutted Ohio’s energy efficiency standard last year.
The energy use intensity of larger commercial buildings in Minneapolis declined by 5.5% between 2015 and 2018.
Detroit and Grand Rapids each see building efficiency improvements as a key element of meeting emissions goals.
As the rest of the state retreats from energy efficiency, Bloomfield is betting information can spur improvements.