Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy

Welcome to the Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy Website. Here you should find everything you will need to comply with the Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy. This website contains the council resolution that authorized the policy, the report that was written that describes the intentions of the policy, and other tools and calculators to assist you in meeting the policy. It is the intention of Saint Paul to make the city the most livable in the US. In order to do this, Saint Paul wanted to be a leader in sustainable urban living to help reverse effects of environmental degradation that reduce healthy living. Because buildings use one-third of our total energy, two-thirds of our electricity, one-eighth of our water, and transform land that provides valuable ecological services, the City saw that improving the environmental effects that may impair healthy living requires that buildings be constructed, renovated and operated in a sustainable way. Therefore, it seemed prudent to develop a sustainable building policy for Saint Paul for all new City buildings, and for private development that receives $200,000 or more in financial assistance.

The policy works hand in hand with both national and local existing sustainable building rating systems. The policy does, however, emphasis environmental concerns that the citizens, businesses and the city had. These issues are incorporated into the "Overlay." Please feel free to contact Pat Smith at smit2059@umn.edu if you have questions.