Minnesota sustainable building guidelines: History, effectiveness and path for the future

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INTRODUCTION The Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines is a progressive sustainability program for state funded buildings which serves as a model for sustainability in Minnesota buildings. The program was created by the State of Minnesota in 2001 and developed by a team led by the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota. Unlike other green building programs, it focuses on measured performance improvements, using a list of required metrics instead of a menu of potential options. The program is structured to provide a feedback loop to the building design, construction and operations industry in the state. Elements of the program are used through all phases of the development of state-funded buildings in Minnesota from pre-design through design, and construction and for ten years of operations. It is continually updated and improved in collaboration with state agencies and industry stakeholders and could serve as a model for localized green building programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Green Building
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Actual performance
  • Architecture 2030
  • Climate change
  • Code
  • EUI
  • Emission reduction
  • Green building
  • Net zero
  • Rating systems
  • Renewable


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