To promote the design and operation of energy-efficient buildings to reduce expenditures on imported fuel, reduce the impacts associated with greenhouse gas emissions, minimize negative impacts of refrigerant selection, and ensure readiness for next-generation energy infrastructure.
Projects meeting these guidelines reduce negative impacts of nonrenewable energy consumption through a combination of energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy generation. Projects meeting the SB 2030 Standard and two percent renewable-energy production requirement also help satisfy project energy demand through an increase in renewable energy generation. A minimum performance standard is implemented for installed equipment, including equipment associated with process loads that may fall outside the SB 2030 project scope. Ozone-depleting and environmentally-damaging refrigerants are avoided through the specification of lower-impact alternatives. Preparation for future rooftop or site-based renewable energy systems and electric transportation energy infrastructure allows projects to prepare for later integration by leveraging opportunities available to new construction and major renovation projects.
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 of measures taken to achieve objectives outlined above.
- Updated energy and atmosphere strategies used, including narrative of measures taken to achieve objectives outlined above.
Availability of Campus-Scale Approaches
If needed to meet the SB 2030 Energy and Carbon Standard, renewable energy (RE) generation shall be evaluated per guidance listed in the SB 2030 Program Requirements.
As it is aligned with existing Minnesota legislation, the two-percent renewable energy requirement under E.2A is currently limited to the building site.