Best of B3 Recognition 2015

The State of Minnesota is leading the nation in requiring 70% more energy efficient State buildings in an effort to have all State construction carbon neutral by 2030. Designed to increase energy efficiency and sustainability, the State of Minnesota’s Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3) programs were developed for and are required on State-funded projects in Minnesota. On September 23, 2015, the first annual Best of B3 Recognition Luncheon was held at International Market Square in Minneapolis to recognize the achievements of B3 program participants. The winners in each category were selected by a committee made up of staff from the CSBR and the Departments of Administration and Commerce.

Best of B3 2015 Winners

B3 Benchmarking: Award winners have been have been benchmarking millions of square feet of buildings for over ten years, continue to keep their data current, and integrate the information with operational improvements.

Public Schools:
South Washington County Schools

Local Government:
The City of Woodbury

State Agencies/Higher Education:
Minnesota Department of Administration

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award15_2030 SB 2030: The University of Minnesota Morris's Green Prairie Living and Learning Community is a high performance building that uses the simple and straight-forward strategies of increased insulation and heat recovery to achieve a design EUI of 65 kBtu/sf. The project, which has also achieved LEED Gold certification, is a demonstration of the campus’ commitment to sustainability. Watch the video →


award15_guidelines B3 Guidelines: The Minnesota National Guard’s Austin Armory Renovation is exceeding its targets for all areas of performance in the B3 Guidelines. Notably, the designed energy use intensity for the project exceeded the energy standard for a new building even though it is a renovation project. Watch the video →



award15_leadership B3 Leadership: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources won in the leadership category for their timely submission of many successful projects over the years. The department’s mission and goals align with those of the B3 program, and these goals are consistently communicated to their building teams whether the project is designed by the DNR or by consultants. Watch the video →



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