Energy and Atmosphere Guidelines
|No.||Guideline||NEW BUILDINGS||MAJOR RENOVATIONS|
|E.3||Efficient Equipment and Appliances||Required||Required|
|E.99||General Project Data||Recommended||Recommended|
|Appendix E-0||Suggested Implementation for all Energy and Atmosphere Guidelines|
|Appendix E-1a||Compliance and Reporting Instructions (for SB 2030 projects)|
|Appendix E-1b||Building Performance Evaluation Guide|
|Appendix E-1c||Building Strategy Checklist|
|Appendix E-1d||Meter Plan Guidelines|
|Appendix E-1e||Alternate Path Application Process for Adjusted SB 2030 Standard|
|Appendix E-1f||Small Building Methodology for pre-SB 2030 projects|
|Appendix E-4||Refrigerant Properties|
Energy consumption for building operations represents approximately one third of the total energy use in the State of Minnesota. This section of the B3 Guidelines provides guidance on mitigating both the cost of energy and associated ecological impacts which affect the state's economy. For each building, there are multiple paths to conservation. To further reduce impacts on the environment and to promote community economic development, this guide requires a minimal baseline of on-site wind or solar renewable energy and recommends the investigation of renewable and distributed forms of power generation using wind, solar and biomass technologies as well as other cleaner forms of hydrogen or hydrocarbon-based power generators. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems may be an appropriate solution for individual buildings or groups of State facilities.
To provide energy efficient buildings and renovations that reduce the State's expenditures on imported fuel and power and have the lowest reasonable environmental impacts resulting from energy generation and the use of refrigerants harmful to the atmosphere. A parallel goal is to support and enhance the State's building benchmarking activities for ongoing operations performance.