LEED and Minnesota B3

MInnesota, Minnesota

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a point-based system where projects earn points for satisfying specific green building criteria in categories such as sustainability, materials and resources, and innovation in design.

Since 2004, all new state buildings funded by bond money must meet the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines, commonly referred to as the B3 requirements. These were developed to be compatible with LEED and other national guidelines, but with a more specific focus on regional values, priorities and requirements. The guidelines attempt “to quantify the human, community, environmental, and life-cycle economic costs and benefits for each project.”

SRF’s team of LEED Accredited Professionals can ensure that your project incorporates sustainable design and construction practices and help you to complete the LEED certification applications.

Links to LEED and State of Minnesota B3 guidelines are provided below:

www.msbg.umn.edu

www.usgbc.org/leed

The following is a sampling of projects in which we participated that employed B3 or LEED guidelines:

  • TCF Bank Stadium Infrastructure, Minneapolis, Minnesota, LEED Silver certification
  • Minnesota Army National Guard Training Site Field Maintenance Shop, Arden Hills, Minnesota, LEED Silver certification
  • Apple Valley Transit Station, B3
  • Phalen Arcade Trailhead, B3
  • Silverwood Park, B3
  • Hanson Hall, B3

SRF’s commitment to the use of LEED principles includes employing alternative materials or construction techniques, integrated design techniques and sustainable site initiatives, energy efficiency of the selected materials/ processes, and the reuse and recycling of materials.