SOURCE: EnergyScoreCards, Inc.

EnergyScoreCards, Inc.

December 09, 2011 10:00 ET

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Launches Multifamily Energy Benchmarking Pilot Funded by Xcel Energy and Minnesota Housing

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 9, 2011) - EnergyScoreCards™ announces the launch of EnergyScoreCards Minnesota, a two-year effort to implement energy and water benchmarking at hundreds of multifamily buildings in Minnesota to demonstrate that engaging owners, property managers and tenants in managing energy use can measurably reduce utility spending, energy and water consumption and carbon emissions.

The project is a partnership between Minnesota Housing, Minnesota Green Communities, University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), and EnergyScoreCards -- an innovative online energy management tool for multifamily buildings -- and is jointly funded by Xcel Energy and Minnesota Housing.

Key goals include:

  • Provide properties with intuitive feedback on energy performance to help implement energy and water best practices.
  • Engage owners, managers, maintenance staff and tenants in energy and water conservation.
  • Support owners in making cost-effective property improvements.
  • Demonstrate energy savings to support future multifamily benchmarking programs.
  • Partner with Minnesota utilities to establish simple, ongoing methods for gathering data on energy consumption and spending.

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is funded by Minnesota Housing and an Emerging Technologies Grant from Xcel Energy. Minnesota Housing funding will focus on the Corridor of Opportunity in the Central Corridor transit line.

Multifamily rental property owners and managers can learn more at www.energyscorecardsmn.com.

EnergyScoreCards Minnesota Partners:
EnergyScoreCards, Inc. provides a web-based system to track and analyze energy consumption and savings in multifamily buildings. EnergyScoreCards is a subsidiary of Bright Power, Inc., a N.Y. energy consulting firm. 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

Minnesota Housing finances and advances affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Minnesotans to enhance quality of life and foster strong communities. 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

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