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B3 Sustainable Building 2030 Energy Standards

The B3 Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) Energy Standard is a progressive energy conservation program designed to significantly reduce the energy and carbon in Minnesota commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. Based on the national Architecture 2030 program, program, SB 2030 has been tailored to the needs of Minnesota buildings. The SB 2030 Energy Standard for all projects beginning design between 2010 and 2014 was set at 60 percent below that of an average building. In 2015, the standard became 70 percent better, and in 2020 80 percent better. The SB 2030 Energy Standard is required on all projects that receive general obligation bond funding from the State of Minnesota. SB 2030 can also be used on a voluntary basis on any project. If the B3 Guidelines are used, the SB 2030 Energy Standard is automatically included in the process. Data collected as part of the B3 and SB 2030 programs will be publicly accessible, including on the B3 Case Study Database (more information below).

Compliance with the SB 2030 Standard is achieved by a combination of on-site renewable energy generation and energy efficiency. Projects beginning with those required to meet the 2020-2024 Standard must meet both an energy and carbon standard, implement renewables based on a hierarchical approach and and use the same standard for renovations as new construction. For further information on which renewable energy systems can contribute to meeting an SB 2030 Standard please see the program updates white paper or contact B3 Guidelines Support.

B3 Case Studies Database

The B3 Case Studies Database provides design and performance information on projects using the B3 Guidelines and the SB 2030 Energy Standard. Each project case study includes a Scorecard with several performance metrics including energy, carbon, water, stormwater, and waste. The case study also includes an SB 2030 Label indicating the projects Energy Use Intensity (EUI) during design and actual performance.

All Minnesota State bonded projects—both new and substantially renovated—that have not begun their Schematic Design Phase prior to January 1, 2015 will be required to meet the Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) 2015-2019 Energy Standard. Projects that begin their Schematic Design phase on or after January 1, 2020 will be subject to the 2020-2024 Standard: achieving an 80% reduction from the Average Building Baseline.

Program updates relevant for projects required to meet the 2020-2024 Standard includes the new requirement to meet both an energy and carbon standard, the implementation of renewables based on hierarchy, and use of the same standard for renovations as new construction, please see the 2020 program updates white paper or contact for further details.

Note that several documents below have different versions depending on which Standard is being used.

Projects meeting the B3 and SB 2030 programs are evaluated for compliance during design and construction and for a period of 10 years of occupancy.

To Begin the Process

As soon as you have identified that you have a project that is required to use the SB 2030 Energy Standard, contact B3-MSBG Support to get your project set up in the B3-MSBG Tracking Tool. Contact Patrick Smith 612-626-9709 or for assistance.

SB 2030 and B3 Guidelines Fee Reminder

A fee for non-State funded projects using SB 2030 and/or the B3 Guidelines began to be required in late 2022 in order to cover the cost of project support and review. This fee applies to projects meeting the following criteria:

Projects not funded with State General Obligation or General Funds
which either were not entered into the B3 Guidelines Tracking Tool as of September 16th, 2022 or were in the tracking system on September 16th, 2022 but which did not submit for Final Design (FD) phase SB 2030 Review with complete project documentation as of January 1, 2023.

In order to improve our capacity to provide timely project feedback and assistance, on July 1, 2024 we will move to supporting only those fee-applied project teams that have established a contract and determined their review fee.

In order to establish a review contract please complete the contract intake form to get the process started, posted here: B3 Project Intake


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