First Dataset Available from Energy Empowerment Ordinance

Per the City of Kansas City, Mo. Energy Empowerment Ordinance, city-owned buildings over 10,000 square feet are now reporting their energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. A few bonus data points were also included – estimated energy costs and environmental impact data on some smaller buildings.

Two interactive data visualizations platforms were created for you. Both allow you to interact with the data with a single click on any data point. Try it out on OpenDataKC or experiment with this tool.

Rules Are Now Available for the Kansas City Energy Empowerment Ordinance

Effective May 5, 2016, Rules for the Energy Empowerment Ordinance are available to be used for guidance on how to comply with the benchmarking policy requirements. The Rules provide guidance on topics including definitions; covered buildings; compliance schedule; benchmarking and reporting requirements; maintenance of records; exemptions; and enforcement.

In Kansas City, the City Council is the legislative body that adopts broad mandates and then agencies responsible for implementation develop rules that provide details on how to carry out implementation. The Rules for the Energy Empowerment Ordinance were developed by city staff with stakeholder input from the City Energy Project Advisory Committee, a committee comprised of appointed members representing local industries, businesses and nonprofits, co-chaired by Councilman Scott Taylor.






Mayor’s 2016 Energy Efficiency Awards

Kansas City Mayor Sly James hosted the second annual Energy Efficiency Awards Breakfast on Wednesday April 27 2016. Jointly hosted by Kansas City Energy Project and Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Mayor James recognized area businesses and organizations for contributing to a more sustainable community.

2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge

The 2016 Mayor’s Energy Challenge invites businesses and institutions to improve their building’s energy performance. Mayor James recognized “early-bird” participants in the 2016 Challenge. These buildings are reducing their energy consumption while using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to measure and track energy consumption.  Congratulations and thank you to these organizations that have already signed up for the 2016 Challenge:

Hines – 2555 Grand

H&R Block – H&R Block World Headquarters

City of Kansas City, Missouri – 4 Buildings

Kansas City Public Schools – 35 Buildings


Superior Energy Operations through Building Operator Certification

These organizations have demonstrated a commitment to make their buildings more comfortable and energy efficient through facility staff completing Building Operator Certification® (BOC). BOC is nationally recognized program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures. The awardees each have two or more BOC Level 1 graduates AND one or more BOC Level 2 graduates in the last seven years.

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City of Kansas City, Missouri

 Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

General Services Administration




Kessinger Hunter

MC Realty Group


Superior Energy Performance through ENERGY STAR Certification

This award recognizes building owners maintaining high energy performance standards, demonstrated by achieving an ENERGY STAR® score of 75 or greater and by regularly verifying this performance through ENERGY STAR® Certification. The awarded owners represent buildings earning four or more ENERGY STAR® Certifications in the last 10 years, including at least one in the last two years.

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SIR Properties Trust and Shook, Hardy & Bacon for 2555 Grand

  • Owner and Property manager: SIR Properties Trust (owner) and The RMR Group, LLC (manager); Major tenant: Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Built in 2003, the building is 595,607 sq ft, 24 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications: 2008-2015


Assurant Inc. for Assurant Building, 2323 Grand Blvd

  • Owner and Property Manager: Assurant, Inc.; Major Tenants – SunLife Financial; Siegfried & Bingham; Thornton Tomesetti; Brown & Ruprecht, Birch.
  • Built in 1985, the building is 365,000 sq ft, 11 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications (Score): 2010 (91), 2013 (94), 2014 (93), 2015 (91)


Hines for The Views at 2345 Grand

  • Owner: FSP Grand Boulevard LLC; Property manager: Hines; Major Tenants – Lathrop & Gage, AECOM, Armstrong Teasdale.
  • Built in 1977, the building is 640,00 sq ft, 27 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications: 2004-2014.


Sovereign Partners, LLC for Ten Main Center, 920 Main Street 

  • Building Owner: Sovereign Partners, LLC; Property manager: Cushman Wakefield; Major Tenants – Thomas McGee, Walter P Moore, Missouri Housing Development Commission
  • Built in 1968, the building is 355,000 sq ft, 20 stories
  • ENERGY STAR® Certifications: 2012-2015


Home-grown Innovation Award

Awarded to an organization for their work to advance the building energy efficiency industry through an innovative program or product developed in Kansas City.

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Awarded to Milbank Manufacturing for SynapSuite.

SynapSuite is an energy management system that controls, optimizes and balances electric generation sources with loads in order to shave peak load and provide the most efficient use of energy for grid-tied as well as microgrid installations.


Success in Energy Efficiency through Major Renovation in the Urban Core

Awarded for redeveloping a vacant or blighted structure in the urban core into an energy efficient building that provides significant benefits to the community. Energy efficiency is demonstrated by a source EUI in the top third of national peer building’s or an ENERGY STAR® score of 67 or greater.

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Awarded to The Bancroft School Apartments – 4300 Tracy Avenue

Partners: The Dalmark Group, BNIM, Straub Construction, Bancroft School Investors, Make it Right Foundation, Manheim Park Neighborhood Association


Located in historic Manheim Park Neighborhood, The Bancroft School Apartments is a historic renovation of Bancroft Elementary School consisting of 50 affordable housing units, 29 in the renovated school building and 21 new units built on school grounds. The project was completed in October 2013 and fully occupied before the end of that year. With an ENERGY STAR® score in the top third, Bancroft is performing 40-50% better than industry standards; Bancroft has received LEED Platinum Certification.


Daylight Saving Time & Energy Efficiency

This weekend it is time to ‘spring forward’ and start Daylight Saving Time.  This adjustment to the clock was originally planned as a creative way to save energy by Canada and Germany during World War I, and established uniformly in the United States in 1966.  But whether changing our clocks actually saves energy receives mixed reviews.  Most studies conclude that at best is saves very little energy and in fact may actually increase energy consumption.  Our reduced need for lighting in the evenings is offset by greater cooling needs.


Interested in reading more?


Take a looks at this article from last year, which includes links to many research studies on the topic.


And my favorite from this year, a blog post on with their explanation as to why America will never get rid of Daylight Saving Time.


What do you think – is shifting what the clock reads during the daylight hours worth the effort?

New Energy Empowerment Program Feature is Available: “Claim Your Building” Online

An interactive map-based tool is now live on Kansas City’s Energy Empowerment Program website. The tool was developed for property owners or their authorized agents to locate their building, find their unique Kansas City building ID, and provide contact information to associate themselves with their building. The information will be used for education, outreach, and correspondences for the Energy Empowerment Ordinance.

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Kansas City Benefits from Collective Action for Data Standardization and Access

The City of Kansas City, Missouri was competitively selected to participate in the Standardized Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Collaborative, a 3-year partnership with cities who are innovatively reshaping the information landscape in the building sector by compiling energy and water performance data on public and private buildings. The adoption of the Energy Empowerment Ordinance by the City Council of Kansas City prompted the need for a new type of data infrastructure for buildings within the city. The Department of Energy created the SEED Collaborative to enable cities with tools to combine data from multiple sources (e.g., tax assessor’s records and utility company’s databases) using the SEED Platform and standardize datasets nationwide using the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) tool. BEDES is used in the city’s project, and can also be used to align data fields in any building energy data management system. Further, the SEED Platform is open source, so data enthusiasts can access the source code to use and develop applications.

In a complementary program, the Kansas City government and KCP&L electric company are participants in the Energy Data Accelerator (EDA) program, a city-utility partnership to overcome informational barriers to energy efficiency by improving access to energy data. Some of the recommendations being entertained locally include digital data transfer between utility company’s databases and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager software via a mechanism called web services and promoting a threshold in terms of number of tenant units at which aggregated whole-building data does not reveal individual energy usage patterns.

To discuss these projects locally, contact JC Martel at


Climate Corps Program


Interested in accelerating your organization’s clean energy project but need help getting started?  The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) may have just the program you need –EDF Climate Corps.  EDF is looking for new companies interested in hosting a Climate Corps fellow this upcoming summer.

This fellowship program embeds trained graduate students into organizations to help meet their energy goals by accelerating clean energy projects in their facilities.  They are interested in organizations and buildings just getting started, as well as those who have completed extensive work and need a fresh perspective to get to the next level.  Fellows are trained to provide you the hands-on support needed for energy management initiatives.

Since 2008, EDF has:

  • Worked with +350 companies (including one-third of the Fortune 100)
  • Identified nearly $1.5 billion in energy savings
  • Identified over $60 million in clean energy investment (in 2015 alone)!

If you are interested in learning more about the Climate Corps Program, EDF has a webinar coming up on January 12th on corporate clean energy trends that will include specific Climate Corps project examples.


Accelerate and Accomplish Your Energy Goals with
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Tuesday January 12th, 11am-Noon CST
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