The St. Paul sustainable building policy, adopted in 2009 and including the SB 2030 energy standard, was developed to serve as a model for other cities, which are allowed under state law to mandate building renovations that exceed the state energy code when a city is a financial or regulatory participant with a private development.
Realizing the Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Buildings (National Trust for Historic Preservation: 2013) finds that small, neighborhood businesses such as restaurants, grocers and retailers can improve profitability by more than 10% through smart investments in energy savings. These businesses can benefit from the pairing of (1) a city sustainable building renovation policy that sets a high bar for building performance and (2) links to efficiency financing programs.
Adopt policy beyond the state building code for residential, and/or commercial, industrial building renovations and require that buildings receiving city financial support meet the policy; note incentives/requirements for EV chargers.
Adopt a policy AND create regulatory incentives (fee waivers or expedited permitting) for renovations that meet it.
Policy requires meeting the SB 2030 energy standard; policy requires all buildings needing regulatory approvals to meet it.
Who's doing it
Maplewood - 3 star
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Maplewood has adopted a model for sustainable building renovation policy and language based off the International Green Construction Code offered by the International Code Council governing commercial renovation projects require city regulatory approval.
On February 16th 2010, the City of Saint Louis Park Economic Development Authority adopted a city wide Green Building Policy. This policy affects new municipal, commercial, hotel, industrual and mixed use construction, additions 15,000 square feet or greater (gross) and renovations 50,000 square feet or greater (gross) receiving $200,000 or more in City financial assistance. This policy also affects new and renovated multifamily residential buildings receiving $200,000 or more in City financial assistance and all new and renovated detached single family home projects receiving $10,000 or more in City financial assistance.
b. Yes, regulatory approval required. Considered at planning stage of project with Planning Commission. Environmental Quality Committee also reviews project plans, including stormwater and landscape plan.