The Challenge is open to all owners and managers of existing buildings located in the State of MN with eligible properties (see below).

NOTE: Buildings located in Minneapolis are not eligible to receive technical assistance through the MN ENERGY STAR Challenge. Building located in Minneapolis that are interested in benchmarking or ENERGY STAR should CLICK HERE for more information.

MN ENERGY STAR Challenge Official Rules

Properties must be eligible to earn an energy performance rating in one of the ENERGY STAR Eligible Property Types.

Participating entities must complete ENERGY STAR benchmarking in association with the Great Plains Institute (GPI), U.S. Green Building Council- Minnesota Chapter (USGBC-MN), Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Energy Smart program (MCC-ES) in order to receive program services.

All program participants will be required to sign a data release form, which gives representatives of GPI, the USGBC-MN, and the MCC-ES access to all data related to the ENERGY STAR benchmarking service. Data may include energy utility bills, third party verification information, technical specification on projects meant to boost an ENERGY STAR score, etc.*

Energy performance rating information will be entered into a specified account via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager “Share” feature. Program participants will be provided access to their information in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Buildings must meet indoor air quality and lighting standards in the 2011 Licensed Professionals Guide to the ENERGY STAR Label for Commercial Buildings to be recognized.

If possible, buildings will be benchmarked with two years of energy data.

*All data is confidential and individual building data will not be disclosed.

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