“We’re pleased to reach out to housing partners across Minnesota to participate in this important research project,” said Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner of Minnesota Housing. “EnergyScoreCards Minnesota will help demonstrate the critical cost savings that can be achieved by monitoring consumption of utilities.”
Key goals of the pilot include:
Provide owners and managers with intuitive feedback on
energy performance to help implement energy and water best practices.
Provide owners and managers with the tools to engage
owners, maintenance staff and tenants in Minnesota in energy and water
Support owners in cost-effective decisions regarding
Pave the way for future multifamily benchmarking by
demonstrating energy savings through the feedback
mechanism built into EnergyScoreCards.
Work with Minnesota utilities, including Xcel Energy,
to establish simple methods for gathering energy consumption and spending data
on an ongoing basis.
"We're excited to help property owners make informed investments in energy and water efficiency through energy tracking. Overall, the pilot will improve our understanding of how multifamily buildings use energy - which will also help improve the effectiveness of future green building programs," said Billy Weber, Senior Research Fellow for University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research.
EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is funded by an Emerging Technologies Grant from Xcel Energy. Funding from Minnesota Housing will focus on the Corridor of Opportunity in the Central Corridor transit line.
Property owners and managers interested in signing up or learning more can go to www.energyscorecardsmn.com.
EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Partners:
provides a web-based system to track and analyze energy consumption and savings in multifamily buildings. EnergyScoreCards is a subsidiary of Bright Power, Inc., an energy consulting firm based in New York. www.energyscorecards.com
Minnesota Green Communities
is a collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise designed to foster the creation of affordable, healthier, and more energy efficient housing throughout Minnesota. www.mngreencommunities.org
The Center for Sustainable Building Research
's mission is to lead and support the transformation of the regional built environment to provide for the ecological, economic, and social needs of the present without compromising those of the future. www.csbr.umn.edu
finances and advances affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Minnesotans to enhance quality of life and foster strong communities. Minnesota Housing has invested more than $1.4 billion in affordable housing each biennium with assets of $3.6 billion as of June 30, 2011. www.mnhousing.gov
The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)
is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. www.mncee.org