Minnesota Green Communities recognizes that the success
of the initiative depends to a great extent on the
expertise that has been developed within the state’s
research, design, construction, and environmental fields.
Below is a list of local organizations and resources
that may be helpful in the development of green affordable
housing in Minnesota. This is by no means a comprehensive
list. If you have local or national resources that you would like to add to the list, please e-mail Project Coordinator Janne Flisrand.
Green Specifications for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation in Minnesota
Aligned with the Minnesota Green Communities Initiative Criteria
Developed by Armand Magnelli with support and advice from Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and the Family Housing Fund.
Click here to download Green Specifications for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation in Minnesota (.pdf)
Click here to download specifications as a Word document (.doc)
Single Family Rehab Resources Green Guidance (.pdf )
Green Specifications for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation in Minnesota or Word (.doc)
Green Specifications for Single Family Housing Rehabilitation in Minnesota (.pdf)
Green Communities Overlay (2009 – 2010)
Basic information on the Green
Communities Criteria and a link to download the full technical manual.
Building Benchmarks and
Beyond (B3) State of Minnesota Sustainable Building
Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (v2.0)
are designed to document the actual costs and benefits
of sustainable building.
Building Knowledge, Inc., a building performance consulting, rating and testing company, and Verified Green, a green building consulting and training firm are Enterprise-approved technical assistance providers. They are approved to provide assistance with: Integrated Design; Design Review; Energy Services; Construction Review; HVAC/Air Sealing/Insulation; and Green Operation and Maintenance.
Building Science Corporation
For residents of a green home to fully realize
the environmental, health, and economic benefits
their home can offer, it needs regular maintenance
use. It is important to provide owners information about the green systems
or features installed on their homes. This
is a sample homeowners manual.
Center for Energy and Environment
Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) delivers practical, cost-effective energy
efficiency evaluations, retrofits, and analyses. CEE’s engineers and
technicians use diagnostic tests, energy audits, utility bill analysis, weatherization
techniques, and equipment retrofits to achieve proven energy efficient results
for multifamily and single family residential properties. In some locations,
they can also provide support in identifying home improvement financing.
Center for Energy and Environment is a Enterprise-approved technical assistance provider. A nonprofit organization that works on program development and delivery, research and education, evaluation and public policy initiatives, CEE is approved to provide assistance with: Design Review; Energy Services; Construction Review; HVAC/Air Sealing/Insulation; and Green Operation and Maintenance.
Conservation Technologies' background is in building construction, the performance
of buildings, and energy issues in general. Conservation Technologies sells
energy efficient building supplies, Venmar heat recovery ventilation systems,
electric and hot water systems. They also consult in building design and performance
and work with various utilities on the design and delivery of energy efficiency
and conservation programs. Their support team that includes sales, installation
and technical support professionals.
Costs and Benefits of
Green Affordable Housing
study, undertaken by New Ecology and the Tellus
Institute, is comprised of 16 case studies of affordable
housing projects from around the country.
Dovetail Partners, Inc.
Dovetail is a nonprofit
organization that collaborates to develop unique concepts, systems, programs
and models to foster sustainable forestry and catalyze responsible trade
Providing reclaimed timbers, lumber, flooring and
other recycled woods are salvaged from warehouses
and factories, trestles and tank stock throughout
the US – our "industrial forest."
ECO Environmentally Conscious Options
This new retail outlet sells environmentally friendly
interior & exterior
finish products, including flooring, counter tops, cabinetry, sinks, glass and
ceramic tile, lighting, earth plaster, outdoor furniture, rain barrels, pervious
surfaces, and more! Located at 415 Minneapolis Ave., Duluth, MN 55803. Phone
218- 213-8616, or Email.
EcoHome at Hawk's Ridge
Women in Construction build a demonstration home in Duluth, and the
related website has detailed information about the home plans, performance,
Energy & Environmental
The EEBA provides training
and resources to transform the residential design, development and construction
industries to profitably deliver energy efficiency and environmentally responsible
buildings and communities.
Please click here for a listing of Energy Raters by region in Minnesota. If you are an Energy Rater or have a BPI certification, click here to enter or update your information.
EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is a two-year effort to implement web-based energy and water benchmarking and tracking at multifamily buildings in Minnesota. Benchmarking compares a building's performance with that of similar buildings.
Environmental Building News
This leading on-line publication includes in-depth, carefully researched articles
and news on sustainable design and construction issues. A monthly newsletter
targets builders, architects, and consumers.
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund's Building
program designed to foster the creation of safe,
decent and affordable housing within cohesive,
well-planned and economically balanced neighborhoods.
LEED Accredited Professionals Directory
for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) accredited professionals in your area.
Living Green Expo – exhibitor list
Every May, the Living Green Expo provides information and products to help Minnesotans
improve the environmental and social impacts of their day-to-day living. The
Expo features over 200 exhibitors of products, services, and information, along
with over 60 workshops on a variety of sustainability and green living topics.
Live Smoke Free
This group educates landlords and policymakers about
the benefits of smoke-free multi-unit housing,
and provides resources for the adoption of smoke-free
Minnesota has a new green building standard and certification program for new
homes and remodeling.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Office of Environmental
The MPCA provides information, directories, resources, and links to case studies of sustainable building. Especially handy are tools to identify a variety of green building professionals.
Building Performance Association
The Minnesota Building
Performance Association is a non-profit organization with
collaborative industry-wide members committed to promoting high quality, energy
efficient home improvements on existing homes and efficient construction of new
Minnesota Green Affordable
guide is a web-based tool developed by the
Center for Sustainable Building Research to address
how to make affordable housing that is also energy
efficient, healthy, durable, and has a low environmental
tool to learn about sustainability, manage
design decisions, and integrate sustainable design
into the building design and operation processes
for new and renovated facilities.
Natural Built Home
This new Twin Cities-based store provides safe and sustainable building supplies.
They offer everything from healthy paints to dual-flush toilets as well as
the knowledge and resources to install them in your home.
Sustainable Communities Network
a biweekly e-mail newsletter on sustainability,
lists resources and grants, calenders events, and
has 12 topic areas including green building and
Office of Energy Security
Improvement Program (CIP) provides information on CIP resources and
contacts for residential and affordable housing projects
The ReUse Center/Deconstruction Services
A non-profit enterprise committed to offering the highest quality reclaimed and
surplus building products at the lowest prices! We're recognized metro-wide for
our wide array of kitchen cabinetry, doors, windows, wood flooring, paneling
and decking, granite and solid surface counters, ceramic and stone tile, claw
foot tubs, spa baths, pedestal sinks, vanities, toilets, carpet, lighting, mantels,
millwork/trim, and more. Deconstruction is construction in reverse: dismantling
buildings by hand and saving the materials to be used again instead of sending
them to the landfill. Demolition creates waste, but deconstruction creates jobs
and reusable materials.
Rural Renewable Energy
organization committed to bringing solar heat to
low-income households in Minnesota who qualify
for Energy Assistance.
Upper Mississippi Certified Forest Products Group
A group of small businesses with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of
Custody Certification. We offer FSC-certified wood products.
Wagner Zaun Architecture with sub-consultant Conservation Technologies are Enterprise-approved technical assistance providers. They are approved to provide assistance with: Integrated Design; Design Review; Energy Services; Construction Review; HVAC/Air Sealing/Insulation; and Green Operation and Maintenance.
The Xcel Energy Business New Construction program
suite offers a source of energy expertise to encourage
energy-efficiency in building design and construction
practices – now including affordable
multifamily housing with five or more units, regardless of
the size of the building. The program offers design
in support of an integrated design process by providing