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New Green Buildings
no. 3

Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
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Customize a model sustainable building policy and adopt language governing new private development projects that:

a.  Receive city financial support, and/or
b.  Require city regulatory approval (conditional use permit, rezoning, variance, PUD).
  • 2009 Minnesota Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development: Energy Efficiency Ordinance.
  • The St. Paul sustainable building policy, adopted in 2009, was developed to serve as a model for other cities, which are allowed under state law to mandate new building construction that exceeds the state energy code when a city is a financial or regulatory participant with a private development.
Adopted policy for projects receiving financial support; list required green building elements/framework (e.g., minimum energy efficiency performance above state energy code).
Adopted policy for projects requiring regulatory approval; list required green building elements/framework (e.g., design elements that facilitate access by non-motorized means).
Adopted policy for projects receiving both financial support and regulatory approval; list required green building elements/framework (e.g., affordable/inclusionary housing units).


Date completed/entered:   08/01/2011

Implementation details:
Rochester has a City ASSISTED HOUSING SUPPORT CRITERIA CHECKLIST which helps provide residents and developers with a checklist of required items for those seeking assistance.

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Saint Paul

Date completed/entered:   09/24/2014

Implementation details:
a. The Sustainable Building Policy is effective for building projects that receive more than $200,000 of public funds.

Descriptive links: www.stpaul.gov/sustainablebuildingpolicy

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

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Date completed/entered:   03/20/2014

Implementation details:
In September of 2013 the city council passed the new green building ordinance. This building ordinance applies to all city owned or financed building. City-owned existing buildings will be prioritized for compliance with the 2012 IgCC Chapter 10. All city-financed buildings and projects will be considered by the City Manager, or designee, and approved by the city council to determine inclusion in this green building program. 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.

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

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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