Minnesota - Design Requirements for State Funded Buildings

June 19, 2008


The commissioner must review and study geothermal and solar thermal applications as possible uses for heating or cooling for all building projects subject to a predesign review under section 16B.335 that receive any state funding for replacement of heating or cooling systems. When practicable, geothermal and solar thermal heating and cooling systems must be considered when designing, planning, or letting bids for necessary replacement or initial installation of cooling or heating systems in new or existing buildings that are constructed or maintained with state funds. The predesign review must include a written plan for compliance with this section from a project proposer. For the purposes of this section, "solar thermal" means a flat plate or evacuated tube with a fixed orientation that collects the sun's radiant energy and transfers it to a storage medium for distribution as energy for heating and cooling. EFFECTIVE DATE. This section is effective July 1, 2007, and applies to cooling or heating systems replacement or installation in buildings that are constructed or maintained with state funds that are subject to predesign review on or after that date.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps


Name: Minn. Stat. § 16B.326
Date Enacted: 05/17/2007
Effective Date: 07/01/2007

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.