B3 State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines
B3-MSBG Version 2.1 (December 21, 2009)
As required by legislation, B3-MSBG Version 2.1 incorporates Major Renovations into the Guidelines and also provides updates in several other areas including updating the energy efficiency requirements to comply with Minnesota Sustainable Buildings 2030 as per legislation. See http://www.mn2030.umn.edu for more background information. (Download summary of B3-MSBG Version 2.1 changes.)
B3-MSBG Version 2.1 is also designed to work with the new B3-MSBG Tracking Tool, an on-line tool to track compliance with the guidelines that replaces the old Excel-based Workbook. This can be accessed at http://www.msbgtracking.com.
As soon as you have identified that you have a project that has or is planned to receive State bond money, contact B3-MSBG Support to get your project set up in the B3-MSBG Tracking Tool. Contact Patrick Smith 612-626-9709 or email@example.com for assistance.
The latest Version 2.2 of the B3 Guidelines is now available in PDF format. Version 2.2 will be required on all projects starting schematic design after May 1, 2013. For further information contact Patrick Smith at 612-626-9709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Version 2.2 of the B3 Guidelines has been completed and the print version is now available. This update is primarily intended to improve clarity in response to feedback received through the guidelines management process. Major changes include a new guideline related to Bird-Safe design (S.14), updates and clarifications to the stormwater and soil guidelines (S.2 and S.3), and an updated and re-ordered commissioning guideline sections (P.3 through P.5).
Projects beginning the Schematic Design phase on or after May 1, 2013 are required to use Version 2.2 of the B3 Guidelines. Projects beginning the Schematic Design phase before this date are allowed to continue with their current guideline version. Projects may elect to use a specific Version 2.2 guideline in lieu of an earlier version if they choose.
In order to accommodate these new guidelines the tracking tool will be updated, with expected release mid-April. Projects using previous versions will still be accommodated by the tracking tool without penalty, though you may notice some changes. The B3 Guidelines website is currently also being updated to reflect these guideline changes.