Minneapolis Home Energy Rule Advances

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

Andy Mannix writes in the Star Tribune on February 5, 2019 about a new Minneapolis policy that would add an energy test to pre-sale home inspections.

  • Link to full article here.

  • Link here to the city's website for much more detail about the requirements.

An ordinance that would require Minneapolis homeowners and landlords to disclose how much energy leaks out of their properties moved closer to enactment Monday.

A City Council committee voted to advance the measure, after scaling back a requirement for an energy efficiency test that some had criticized as overly expensive.

Residents lined up at City Hall on Monday to testify largely in favor the proposal, many lauding it as a step toward combating climate change and creating more transparency on energy-related costs to prospective property buyers and renters.

If passed, the new policy would add an energy test to home inspections, including drilling a 2-inch hole into the walls of a property to measure insulation. Inspectors would also check windows, heating systems and insulation in attics.

These findings would be compiled into an energy report and disclosed to property buyers with a 1 to 100 rating on energy efficiency.

Landlords would be required to give a similar report to prospective renters with an estimated cost per month for electric and heat ing bills at the time of application.