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S.F. No. 2706 - Sustainable Building 2030; Performance Standards Development; Second Engrossment
Author: Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon
Prepared by: Darlene Sliwa, Senate Research (651/296-1890)
Date: March 27, 2008

Section 1, paragraph (b), requires the Commissioners of Administration and Commerce to periodically review the sustainable building design guidelines and, as soon as practicable, to revise the guidelines based upon performance standards developed under Section 3 (Building performance standards; Sustainable Building 2030).

Section 2, subdivision 1e, paragraph (b), requires the Commissioner of Commerce (Commissioner) to annually assess and grant up to $500,000 for the purpose of Section 3 (Building performance standards; Sustainable Building 2030).

Section 3, subdivision 9, paragraph (a), provides that the goal of the subdivision is to establish cost-effective, energy-efficiency performance standards for new and substantially reconstructed commercial-industrial and institutional buildings that can substantially reduce carbon emissions and overall energy demand. The standards will be referred to as Sustainable Building 2030.

Paragraph (b) requires the Commissioner to contract with the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota to coordinate the development and implementation of energy-efficiency performance standards, strategic planning, research, data analysis, technology transfer, training, and other activities related to the purposes of Sustainable Building 2030. Requires the Commissioner and the Center to work with utilities and experts in building design and technology to develop an implementation plan.

Paragraph (c) provides that the performance standards should be designed to achieve 60 percent reduction in 2010, 70 percent reduction in 2015, 80 percent reduction in 2020, and 90 percent reduction in 2025. The performance standards must also recognize the carbon reductions required by the renewable energy standard. Specifies how the performance standards should be measured and requires them to be updated every three to five years to incorporate all cost-effective measures.

Paragraph (d) appropriates an annual contract amount of up to $500,000 with the Center for Sustainable Building Research. No more than $150,000 each year can be for administration, coordination, and oversight activities. The balance of the contract funds must be spent for subcontracts with not-for-profit energy organizations, architecture and engineering firms, and other qualified entities to undertake technical projects and activities. Specifies the work that subcontracts may assume.

Paragraph (e) requires the Commissioner to require utilities to develop and implement Conservation Improvement Programs that are expressly designed to advance the Sustainable Building 2030 policy goal. Specifies the offerings that must be included in the programs.

Paragraph (f) requires the Commissioner to report to the legislature every three years on the cost-effectiveness and progress of implementing the 2030 standards and recommendations on continuing the program.

Section 4 provides that sections 1 to 3 are effective the day following final enactment.


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