Better Buildings

Highly efficient homes and commercial buildings make Minnesota a great place to live and do business. Fresh Energy is identifying new data-driven opportunities that save money – for home owners, renters, and companies – and improve the health of our communities.

Built for the Future: Celebrating 25 years of progress on energy efficient buildings

Fresh Energy’s Built for the Future Power Pairing event brought together two leaders with unique perspectives on high efficiency homes. Find out what they had to say.

How will Minnesotans access their own energy data?

Data can be a powerful tool for spurring energy efficiency, and Fresh Energy is committed to ensuring Minnesota provides the most useful and effective system. The state’s Public Utilities Commission is currently discussing how Minnesotans will access their own energy data, building on a multistep process.

Building energy footprints trending down

This week Minnesota Public Radio released a report describing how real estate company Madison Equities is overhauling three of their large downtown St. Paul buildings. The most visible upgrade will be the replacing the neon lighting on the iconic First National Bank Building with LED lighting. This is part of a comprehensive $12.5 million retrofit project resulting in a 40 percent reduction in energy use between the three properties. And while the end result of this project will mean big savings, it actually started with a small decision – to benchmark how much energy the buildings were using in the first place.

Minnesota Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Network

The purpose of the Minnesota Multifamily Affordable Housing Energy Network is to increase energy efficiency and conservation in multifamily buildings (five units or more) in Minnesota by improving and expanding the use and equitable access of available resources.