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250 S. 4th St., Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Green Building

Sustainable Building Practices

Construction Code Services supports sustainable building practices on many levels. We recognize the need to support and promote Green technologies as an increasingly important part of our building future.

2014 Green Building Events

January 3-6
MINNEAPOLIS HOME AND LANDSCAPE EXPO
Location: Minneapolis

January 14
GREEN STEP CITIES WORKSHOP SERIES 2013-2014
Location: St. Paul

January 23-24
MNGHPA 2014 CONFERENCE - GEOTHERMAL
Location: Minneapolis

February 26 - March 2
MINNEAPOLIS HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
Location: Minneapolis

February 25 & 26
DULUTH ENERGY DESIGN CONFERENCE
Location: Duluth

March 7
SOLAR POWERING MINESOTA
Location: St Paul

April (date to be determined)
SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS HOME IMPROVEMENT FAIR
Location: Minneapolis

April 29 - May 1
HEATING THE MIDWEST-RENEWABLE BIOMASS
Location: Green Bay, WI

May 17
SOLAR BOAT REGATTA
Location: Eden Prairie

August 4
WILL STEGER FOUNDATION'S INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE AND ENERGY EDUCATION
Location: Sandstone

August 21 - September 1
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR ECO EXPERIENCE
Location: St. Paul

Transforming your property into a Green Building

Green Building Ideas for Existing Commercial Buildings
Commercial buildings are responsible for approximately 20% of the annual energy consumption in the US. That number can be improved upon not just by building new efficient buildings, but also by green retrofits of our existing buildings.

The following handouts provide comprehensive information for transforming your commercial property into a Green building. (Many of the ideas apply to residential property too).

Managing your building's energy (pdf)
Green your HVAC system (pdf)
Green Plumbing (pdf)
Lighting options (pdf)
Roofs, windows and walls (pdf)
Alternative energy systems (pdf)
Gray water (pdf)
Resources (pdf)

Other Sites for Green Commerical Buildings
Tool base Services
Whole Building Design Guide
US Green Building Council
Alliance for Sustainability
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Department of Energy

Green Building Ideas for Residential Buildings
Many green options cost the same as conventional construction. Most of the ones that cost more will save you money in lower energy bills or lower maintenance bills over the lifetime of the investment.
Green Building for Residential Property
Green Building Options
Green Buildings Options Checklist Handout (pdf)
New Owners Energy Saving Tips (pdf)
Guide to Energy Efficient Appliances

City of Minneapolis sites with Green Living information

Commerical recycling ordinance
Residential recycling program 
Minneapolis Transportation
Farmers Markets
Minneapolis Rain-Gardens

Green Building-Demolition, Deconstruction and Recycling of construction debris

Almost all portions of a house or building can be re-used or recycled. The following sites can direct you to where to take construction debris and salvage:

Financial Incentives for Building Green

City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Programs
CPED 2% Loan Program

Energy Efficiency Improvement Program Trillion BTU Program (pdf)

State of Minnesota Energy Information Center

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Home Improvement Loans for Homeowners Energy Savings Rebate
State of Minnesota 
$olar funding available  MN Solar Funding
Xcel Energy Rebates and Incentives  Xcel Energy Rebates and Incentives
Center Point Rebates and Incentives CenterPoint Energy Rebates and Incentives

Solar Energy—Renewable Energy

Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Solar Systems-Residential Check List

Last updated Nov. 27, 2013