St. Paul looks to strengthen sustainable building requirements
Major building renovations that get funding from the city of St. Paul, Minn., may soon have to meet certain green building standards, including providing electric vehicle charging stations and tracking water use.
Adopted in 2010, the policy requires new buildings that get more than $200,000 in city funding to be certified under a sustainable building standard, such as LEED, and meet the requirements of the St. Paul Overlay — a list that includes managing stormwater and diverting construction waste from landfills.
The updated policy would apply both to new construction and to renovation projects of more than 10,000 square feet and would expand the St. Paul Overlay to include climate change resilience measures, electric vehicle charging, onsite renewable energy generation and water use monitoring.
Since 2010, the Sustainable Building Policy has guided nearly 50 projects, from single-family homes to sports venues to libraries. If approved, the updated policy will apply to projects that have a schematic design ready on or after July 1.