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.

Central Corridor Workshop: Using health data as a design tool

PDF icon Central Corridor Workshop - Using Health Data as a Design Tool

The Central Corridor light rail line links St. Paul and Minneapolis.Introduces the roles that population health data and Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) can play in the real estate development process. It compares 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:

Minnesota case studies

Examples of 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

US Green Building Council - Minnesota projects
LEED works for all buildings anywhere, regardless of where they are in their life cycle. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Passive House Alliance
Passive House projects built in Minnesota and the surrounding region.

HTML icon 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.

More local government green buildings

PDF icon 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 facilities
The City of Minneapolis is dedicated to building facilities that are sustainable and efficient by incorporating practices that help reduce overall energy consumption, water use, water runoff, construction waste, and more.

Award-winning projects

HTML icon 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.