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New Green Buildings
no. 3

Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
  Best Practice Action 1      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Require by city policy that new city-owned buildings built in the future use a green building framework.

  • List of green building frameworks, which include codes, standards, rating systems with certification and guidelines with verification.
  • One of the frameworks - the State of Minnesota B3 Guidelines - are for new construction and substantial renovation of government buildings. These Guidelines have been developed for and are required on State-funded projects in Minnesota, however they are easily applied to any project to meet sustainability goals for site, water, energy, indoor environment, materials and waste. The SB 2030 Energy Standard is automatically included, as are detailed sustainability standards such as bird-safe buildings.
Require use of a green building standard or certification or code for some but not all city buildings; third-party verification not necessary. Report existing "green" city buildings under best practice action 1.5, school buildings under 3.2, park buildings under 18.7, and private buildings under 2.4
Require either all buildings to use a green building framework, or that some buildings be certified/rated under a green building framework.
Require all buildings to be certified/rated under a 3rd-party green building framework.


Date completed/entered:   12/18/2012

Implementation details:
Since 2001, city policy has been that any new construction or major remodel of a city facility is required to be built using Oakdale's own Generation Green building program standards. As a result, an addition at public works, a new fire station, and the Discovery Center at Oakdale Nature Preserve were all built to the Generation Green standard. Some of the green building strategies implemented included: increased wall/roof insulation standards, use of recycled construction materials, native habitat landscaping, upgraded HVAC equipment and controls.

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Saint Paul

Date completed/entered:   09/24/2014

Implementation details:
The Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy was adopted by Mayor Chris Coleman and the City Council and became effective July 1, 2010. It applies to new city-owned buildings and all privately developed new construction projects receiving more than $200,000 in public funding. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted Saint Paul funds to develop this policy, with the intent of creating a model policy that other cities and counties could adopt.

Descriptive links: www.stpaul.gov/sustainablebuildingpolicy

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   Kurt.Schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6530

City of Saint Paul, MPCA, MN State Energy Sector Partnership, US Dept. of Labor, U of M Center for Sustainable Building Research, Xcel Energy/District Energy/The Weidt Group

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Date completed/entered:   04/23/2013

Implementation details:
In October 2009, Woodbury City Council passed a resolution adopting a sustainable building standard for new and renovated municipal buildings in the city. The resolution states that the city will utilize the B3-State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines in the planning, design, construction and commission of new buildings and major renovations greater than 5,000 square feet that are owned by the City of Woodbury. The resolution also states that city staff will consider the feasibility of pursuing Energy Star or LEED certification for the same. Since the resolution was passed, the city has utilized the B3 guidelines and documented the renovation and expansion of the Public Safety Building and the Bielenberg Sports Complex. In addition, Woodbury City Hall is Energy Star certified.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Date completed/entered:   04/30/2014

Implementation details:
Mankato's policy is to look for opportunities to maximize energy-efficiency and sustainability in locating and constructing new City facilities, and when renovating existing faciliies. Strategic planning of facilities allows efficient use of public funds and opportunities for leadership in sustainable practices.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Orness Plaza renovations, the City's first LEED-certified facility, have saved $27,000 annually in water and fuel expenses by using a geothermal system, EnergyStar appliances, water-conserving fixtures, and updated insulated siding.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/upload/images/PI/City-Manager-monthly-topic-October-2013-LEED-building-sustainability.pdf

For more information contact:
Jon Noerenberg (City staff)   |   jnoerenberg@city.mankato.mn.us   |   507-387-8571

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Date completed/entered:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Planning was done in 2013 and construction began winter 2013 and completition in July 2014. Reducing electric usage for heating apartments from using PTack units to using mini split cold temperature heat pumps with natural gas boiler heat for floor heat in new addition.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Cheaper electric operating costs along with more energy effiecent heating and cooling for the building as a whole along with management of individual apartment thermastats from a master computer monitoring system.

Descriptive links: Warren Assisted Living Building Project

For more information contact:
Karl Frigaard (City staff)   |   info@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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Apple Valley

Date completed/entered:   03/19/2012

Implementation details:
Apple Valley has two Green Globes certified city-owned buildings: the Hayes Senior & Community Center and Liquor Store #3

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Date completed/entered:   04/04/2011

Implementation details:
Eagan's new Fire Safety Center will be certified as a GreenGlobe certified facility. The City does not currently have an ordinance that requires green building standards for new or remodeled city-owned buildings.

For more information contact:
Mike Scott (City staff)   |   mscott@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5910

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Date completed/entered:   04/14/2014

Implementation details:
The City adopted an energy efficiency and conservation strategy in December 2009. The strategy was required as part of the City’s energy efficiency conservation block grant. One purpose for the strategy is to help establish policies and priorities to move Maplewood in the direction of improved long-term operational energy efficiency. In September of 2013 the city council passed the new green building ordinance. This building ordinance applies to all city owned or financed building. Implementation of the strategy includes the adoption of energy policies that will ensure achievement of the City’s energy goals. This green building program ordinance will assist in the promotion of green building practices throughout the City. The city of Maplewood will lead by example and provide incentives for others to accomplish similar goals. Just over three years ago the Maplewood city council approved an exploratory green building program search that would promote a city wide green building program that would be effective and produce efficient results. After detailed analysis the building inspection division of the community development department partnered with the International Code Council to assist in the development of the National Green Building Standards for residential buildings and the International Green Construction Code for commercial buildings. The city of Maplewood is recognized as a leader in “green building” and bridging the gap for progress. A presentation was given to the Maplewood Community Boards and the City Council. Council Members were presented with a complete description of the National Green Building Standards and the International Green Construction Codes including an incentive plan and implementation schedule. That was adopted November 23rd, 2013. The new Maplewood Fire Station will be built to this new ordinance standard.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/10619

For more information contact:
Nick Carver (City staff)   |   Nick.Carver@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   651-249-2321

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Date completed/entered:   06/13/2011

Implementation details:
Subd. 7. The City of Rochester is a signatory to the 2005 US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA), which has been endorsed by the US Conference of Mayors, and signed by more than 900 US Mayors and 40 Minnesota cities as of February, 2009. Under the agreement, cities commit to the following: (1) urge the federal government and state governments to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the target of reducing greenhouse gas emission levels to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012; (2) promote land use and transportation policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; (3) increase the use of clean, renewable energy and make energy efficiency a priority; (4) adopt purchasing and building construction and operation practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; (5) increase recycling rates and urban forest cover; and (6) support education efforts about how to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Public Works practices addressing 4) Support of Olmsted Countys Solid Waste Policy and location of Waste to Energy Facility within the City limits; (5) Implementation of Inflow and Infiltration Policies to reduce the capacity and operational impacts and costs on the public sewer collection and wastewater treatment system; (6) Construction of sustainable, durable, long lasting public buildings and infrastructure that increases life cycles, conserves energy, reduces long-term operating costs, and minimizes construction materials waste. (7) Incorporation of smart technologies in transportation infrastructure that increases public safety and reduces pollution due to congestion;

For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff)   |   ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US   |   507-328-7132

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Date completed/entered:   02/14/2013

Implementation details:
Is a goal but not required.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/comprehensive-plan/CPConservation.pdf

For more information contact:
Mark Maloney (City staff)   |   mmaloney@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4651

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greenstep advisor
Laura Millberg, Green Building Specialist, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2568, laura.millberg@state.mn.us, http://www.pca.state.mn.us/yhiz6ef