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Sustainability Guidelines For Minor Additions and Renovation Projects that are not required to adhere to the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines.

  • A. Site Issues
    A.1  - Mandatory
    1.1 Review site features with care.  Avoid building on sites or portions of sites that tend to flood; are subject to erosion; have delicate plant or animal life; or include wetlands.
    1.2 Audit the site for hazardous materials.
    1.3 Prevent erosion to reduce effects on air and water quality, both on and off-site.
    1.4 Reduce thermal effects generated by the building and parking design.
    1.5 View and design the building and site as a whole "system".
    1.6 Where existing site damage is present, reduce the need to develop additional "raw" land by repairing damage and reusing the existing site.
    1.7 Remove topsoil and store for re-use.
    1.8 Ensure that adequate time and space is allotted for deconstruction including removal and storage of salvaged materials. 
    A.2  - Recommended  
    2.1 Avoid building on inappropriate sites. Reduce environmental impact generated by placing the building on the site.
    2.2 When appropriate, locate buildings where roads, utilities, and other services exist.
    2.3 Reduce the amount of paving required for automobile use.
    2.4 When appropriate, conserve natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide space for native plants and animals.
    2.5 Reduce storm water runoff and increase on-site infiltration.
    2.6 Reduce the amount of light leaving the site (light pollution). 

  • B. Water Use
    B.1  - Mandatory
    1.1 Limit potable water use for landscape irrigation.
    1.2 Design projects so that water is used efficiently thereby reducing local water and wastewater needs. 
    B.2  - Recommended
    2.1 Design landscaping such that plants require minimal irrigation. 
    2.2 Design to accommodate collection and treatment of water used during the project. 

  • C. Energy Use
    C.1  - Mandatory
    1.1 Design to decrease energy use and lower operating costs.
    1.2 Design systems for easy operation and maintenance.
    1.3 Verify that HVAC systems are designed, installed and adjusted to operate as planned (Commissioning).
    1.4 Select materials that do not contribute to ozone layer damage. Support early phase-out of chemicals causing ozone layer damage.
    1.5 Whenever possible, use renewable technologies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
    C.2  - Recommended
    2.1 Projects should exceed the minimum State of Minnesota Energy Code requirements by 40%.
    2.2 Provide a plan for ongoing review and adjustment of building energy and water use 

  • D. Materials and Resources
    D.1  - Mandatory
    1.1 Design projects to accommodate recycling activities when occupied including providing appropriate storage spaces.
    1.2 Review all material selections. Seek practical options to virgin or non-renewable materials.
    1.3 Specify durable products or materials requiring little maintenance.
    1.4 Require contractor to provide for and submit a "Waste Management Program" for each project.  Make construction waste recycling part of the project. Minimum requirements include recycling of wood, metals, cardboard/paper, concrete, and asphalt.
    1.5 Specify low VOC emitting materials.
    1.6 Whenever possible, specify building products that have recycled content. Used salvaged materials and products when practical.
    1.7 Whenever possible, use products produced locally in order to reduce material transport distances.
    1.8 Specify reprocessed or re-blended paint products whenever practical.
    1.9 Specify carpeting with recycled content and/or carpeting that is recyclable whenever possible. 
    D.2  - Recommended  
    2.1 Purchase wood products from organizations that follow sustainable forest management practices.
  • Indoor Environment and Air Quality
    E.1  - Mandatory
    1.1 Observe requirements listed in the Department of Administration 'Building Air Quality Guide'.
    1.2 Include indoor air quality monitoring in the design.
    1.3 Specify that the construction process does not cause indoor air quality problems in occupied spaces or adjacent properties.
    1.4 Design to maximize day-lighting opportunities whenever possible.
    1.5 Design so that daylight and outside views are provided to occupied spaces whenever possible.
    E.2  - Recommended
    2.1 Provide a reasonable level of occupant control of heat, ventilation, and lighting.