Minnesota Green Communities is reaching out to all building performance professionals working in Minnesota.

March 11th, 2011 - Posted by RESNET under RESNET News

Minnesota Green Communities is reaching out to all building performance professionals working in Minnesota.

Why are we reaching out? We are working with policy makers who fund affordable housing throughout the state to increase the energy efficiency standards to which publicly subsidized housing is built. The proposed new standard will require Energy Star Certification or a HERS Index, depending on the construction type. We know there are more building professionals than those listed on the Minnesota Building Performance Association, RESNET and ENERGY STAR websites. A more complete list will allow developers to more easily meet the proposed requirements. If we cannot identify enough building performance professionals located throughout the state, the policy  cannot be adopted. We hope you will participate in this effort to identify professionals throughout the state so that we can successfully implement the new policy.
What is the potential scope of the policy? Annually, an average of 2,500 units of affordable housing are built or rehabilitated throughout the state. The precise locations  are unpredictable, but some housing is funded each year in every region of the state.

What are the details of the policy? We are seeking a policy that requires
· For New Construction: minimum energy performance in accordance with ENERGY STAR New Homes Version 2.5, with a transition to Version 3.0 on January 30, 2012 for all single family, town home, and multifamily homes four stories and fewer, or in taller buildings if they have individual heating and cooling systems in each unit, requiring Energy Star Certification.
· For Rehabilitation: minimum energy performance that achieves a HERS Index of 85.

What information do we need? We request your name, contact information, certifications, and the geography in which you work. See the map (MN Raters-Geographic RegionMap) to identify your geographic region(s) by city (matched with the options in the spreadsheet). Please fill out your information in the spreadsheet (Copy of MN Raters Info2011) and return it to janne@mngreencommunities.org no later than Friday, March 25, 2011. If you miss this deadline, it will still be possible to be added to the map later. There is no charge to be included. We thank Residential Science Resources (RSR) who volunteered their in kind services to develop the map and to manage the contact information through their online database. As a building professional, being listed does not imply any sort of relationship with RSR, nor are we endorsing RSR.

Where will information be published? Minnesota Green Communities plans to publish a map with links to contact information on our website  (www.mngreencommunities.org). Our audience is limited to those building affordable housing. We recommend that you also list your services on the better-recognized Minnesota Building Performance Association, RESNET and/or ENERGY STAR websites, as they are used by a larger audience and will provide greater detail on the services you provide and why they are useful to the customer. (Note that there may be membership dues or other restrictions to be listed on these sites.) If other organizations would like to post the map on their sites, they would be welcome to do so with permission. We cannot guarantee that building performance professionals will receive work as a result of being listed.
Please share this information with others who may be interested. And thank you for your response.
Janne Flisrand
Program Coordinator, Minnesota Green Communities
651-221-1997 x119
612-816-2115 (cell)
e-mail: janne@mngreencommunities.org

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