Green building case studies
The Green Building program has developed brief case studies of new and renovated buildings in Minnesota to demonstrate real-world applications of sustainable building principles and strategies.
This new report summarizes the proceedings from a workshop held in Saint Paul in May 2014, introducing the roles that population health data and Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) can play in the real estate development process. The workshop compared the demographic, socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental health risk factors associated with three neighborhoods along the new Central Corridor light rail line in Saint Paul. The design recommendations in the report draw heavily from green building practices — many of which offer potential health benefits — to demonstrate the value of matching design strategies with the health needs of a specific location. For more information about Adele Houghton (presenter) and use of health data to inform green design: http://biositu.com/publications2#corridor
Minnesota case studies
These links provide examples of the many buildings in Minnesota designed and constructed using green building guidelines, standards, rating systems and/or certification programs.
Commercial, institutional, multi-family and single family residential
- Minnesota case studies (U.S. Green Building Council) The Minnesota chapter of USGBC has a nice ongoing series of fact sheets about buildings in Minnesota that have received LEED certification, including new construction, existing buildings operations & maintenance, commercial interiors, schools, or homes rating systems.
- Passive House Alliance Minnesota projects Details on a sampling of Passive House projects built in Minnesota and the surrounding region.
- Energy Innovation Corridor showcase Read case studies about LEED projects along the 11-mile corridor from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul.
- B3 Case Studies Database Design and performance information on projects using the B3 Guidelines and the SB 2030 Energy Standard. Each project case study includes a Scorecard with several performance metrics including energy, carbon, water, stormwater, and waste. The case study also includes an SB 2030 Label indicating the projects Energy Use Intensity (EUI) during design and actual performance.
- Minnesota GreenStar Project Portfolio This Minnesota-designed green certification program with third-party verification takes a whole-building approach by applying the five key concepts of green building programs (energy efficiency, resource efficiency and durability, indoor environmental quality, water conservation, and site and community) to the eight components of the traditional building process (outdoor and site, building envelope and systems, mechanicals, electrical and lighting, plumbing systems and fixtures, finish materials and coatings, waste management) using the Minnesota GreenStar Checklist and Manual.
- Eco-Home at Hawk Ridge (Duluth) A solar model home demonstrating energy efficiency, renewable energy and green building (Duluth, Minn.). Initially used for demonstration and educational purposes, funded by a small Environmental Assistance grant from MPCA. The design and construction methods serve as an example of how to build low-energy, high-performance homes with attention to conservation and health of people and the environment.
- Dakota County Building Design Standards The county has created long-lasting buildings that were systematically planned, designed, constructed, and now operated to create minimal impact to the environment. Adopted in 2001, these standards have been used for the design and construction of the Lebanon Hills Trailhead and Visitor Center, the Northern Service Center, and Thompson Park Center/Dakota Lodge.
- Minneapolis Sustainable Facility Case Studies Minneapolis is building municipal facilities that are sustainable and efficient. From conception to completion, the buildings featured in these case studies are meant to be environmentally friendly by incorporating practices that help reduce overall energy consumption, water use, water runoff, construction waste, and materials used.
- AIA/COTE Annual Top Ten Green Projects The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment believes that the best architecture integrates the natural and built environments in a way that improves and sustains quality of life. COTE selects their annual Top Ten Green Projects based on such criteria as site, ecosystem, design process, community connection, high performance, low energy use, water conservation, and materials and resources.