To promote 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.
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 that 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 onsite 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.
General Energy and Atmosphere Information
The following information is collected in the Energy and Atmosphere Section of the B3 Guidelines Tracking Tool, under Section E.0:
- Energy and atmosphere strategies used, including narrative.
- Updated energy and atmosphere strategies used, including narrative.