Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 2.2

GreenStep City Best Practices Buildings and Lighting
Efficient Existing Private Buildings No. 2

Provide incentives for energy, water and sustainability improvements in existing residential and commercial buildings/building sites.

Best Practice Action 2

Integrate green building and EV charging best practices information and assistance into the building permit process.

  • At various steps leading up to when a resident or builder secures a building permit, cities can provide green building information sheets, building tips, checklists, case studies, lists of contractors who have built certified green buildings, information on utility rebate and other financing programs, or green building plan review.
  • MN Pollution Control Agency green building program resources.
  • See, for example, Burnsville's Green Guide (green remodeling strategies), Richfield's Sustainable Home Improvement Guide (2011) and the 2008 Green Remodeling Idea Book from First Suburbs Coalition of Kansas City.
  • The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Fitwel, created by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a related standard designed for commercial interiors and multi-tenant and single-tenant buildings. Fitwel has twelve sections: location, building access, outdoor spaces, entrances and ground floor, stairwells, indoor environment, workspaces, shared spaces, water supply, cafeterias and prepared food retail, vending machines and snack bars, and emergency procedures.
  • Light-colored roofs and pavement reflect sunlight, reducing cooling costs and urban heat island effects. See A Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements (Global Cool Cities Alliance).
  • See guidance on increasing EV charging in cities from Drive Electric Minnesota.
1 star City staff informs applicants of green building practices and resources; information on installing conduit for eventual electric vehicle charging made available.
2 star All building permit applicants receive green building information and links to web resources, as well as references to local resources such as certified green builders; city EV charger standards established and shared.
3 star Green building information offered to all applicants along with specific suggestions tailored to applications; installation of EV chargers listed as a consideration in city grants of PUD status, CUPs, rezonings.

Who's doing it

Burnsville - 3 star
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City staff mentions green building resources informally to applicants. The City also let applicants know that they have two green building guides available on our website, as this is more sustainable then handing out information sheets.

Some applications have specific green suggestions tied to their permit, if appropriate.
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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff) | basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us | 952-895-4524
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Richfield - 3 star
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During the building development review process, City staff make it clear through both oral and written directives that they will evaluate proposals based on the applicable goals and objectives in the Comprehensive Plan including the City's adopted sustainability goal (ch. 4): “Emphasizing sustainability as a measure to ensure the future economic, environmental and social health of the community.”
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For more information contact:
Melissa Poehlman (City staff) | MPoehlman@richfieldmn.gov | 6128619766
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Shoreview - 3 star
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Energy code pamphlet with building code application. Shoreview Home Energy Improvement Loan information available online and at building permit counter.
City Environmental Quality Committee reviews all new development plans at regular monthly meetings and suggest green building practices to implement.
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For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff) | ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov | 651-490-4665
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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - 2 star
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The Leech Lake Green Team has direct input at planning and construction meetings with all public buildings.
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For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff) | air@lldrm.org | 218-335-7429
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Maplewood - 2 star
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Currently, the city of Maplewood includes green building practices suggestions into its building code. They are finalizing the ICC700 Green building standard which will be integrated into official city code once complete. The city will work on making information available about the cost and energy savings available through various program during the building permit processes required by the city. The goal is to make building a home to the ICC700 code adopted by the city a standard throughout other construction as well.
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For more information contact:
Jason Brash (City staff) | Jason.brash@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2324
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Marshall - 2 star
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Marshall Municipal Utilities offers an ENERGY STAR New Homes program which provides rebates for ENERGY STAR qualification. Conservation, rebate and energy efficiency information is sent out to new building permit holders.
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For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff) | MarkA@marshallutilities.com | (507) 537-7005
Partners: Marshall Municipal Utilities, City of Marshall
White Bear Lake - 1 star
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The City discusses green building practices if an applicant inquires.
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For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff) | ctaillon@whitebearlake.org | 651-429-8564
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Fergus Falls - Pending
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The City of Fergus Falls is interested in more green building best practices information on our city website under the Building and Zoning Department area.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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Lexington - Pending
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Efficient exiting Private Buildings
Odd/even water watering restriction
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For more information contact:
Brenda Beaudet (City Staff) | brenda.beaudet@cityoflexingtonmn.org | 763-784-2792
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