B3 Guidelines Version 3.0 Released

B3 Version 3.0 has been released and is required for projects beginning the Schematic Design Phase on of after July 1, 2017. Please see print version for more details:

Download B3 Guidelines Version 3.0


B3 Guidelines Version 2.2

formerly the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (MSBG)

The B3 Guidelines can be applied to the design of new buildings or renovations to meet sustainability goals for site, water, energy, indoor environment, materials and waste. The B3 Guidelines are required on all projects that receive general obligation bond funding from the State of Minnesota. The guidelines can also be used on a voluntary basis on any project. By using the B3 Guidelines, projects will automatically be applying the SB 2030 Energy Standard. After design, during the building occupancy period, the building will also use the B3 Benchmarking tool to track and compare actual energy use and the B3 Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) to survey occupants on the indoor environmental quality of the building.


Performance Management Performance Management Overview
Site and Water Site & Water Overview
Energy and Atmosphere Energy & Atmosphere Overview
Indoor Environmental Quality Indoor Environmental Quality Overview
Materials and Waste Materials & Waste Overview


As soon as you have identified that you have a project that has or is planned to receive State bond money, contact B3 Guidelines Support to get your project set up in the B3 Guidelines Tracking Tool. Contact Patrick Smith 612-626-9709 or guidelines@b3mn.org for assistance.