The Center for Sustainable Building Research is offering a series of 3 training sessions on “Bridging From Design to Operations: Designing, Owning and Operating a High Performance Building.” These sessions will address how to design and operate buildings so they meet the B3 Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) Energy Standard.


The SB 2030 Energy Standard is a progressive energy conservation program designed to significantly reduce the energy and carbon in Minnesota commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. All Minnesota State bonded projects — new and substantially renovated — that have not already started the Schematic Design Phase on August 1, 2009 are required to meet the Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) energy standards.

The cost is $100 per session or $275 for the entire series of three classes.

Session 2:

Where: University of Minnesota, Building TBD
Instructor: Richard Graves

Session description

The final goal of the Sustainable Building 2030 program is to design buildings that are net zero. In this session, an energy path to net zero will be defined and demonstrated for several building types. The process of achieving net zero will be shown for each of the projects. Each building type requires a different approach depending on their thermal envelopes, internal heat gains, heat recovery, cutting edge heating and cooling equipment, LED lighting and fenestration. Application of each of these elements will be covered in detail for specific building types.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

•  Understand the concept of net zero in SB 2030 buildings

•  Discover the pathway for building to achieve net zero carbon

•  Discover the elements that are most significant in creating a net
   zero building
•  Understand the application of different approaches for different building types

•  Create recommendations for one of their own projects to achieve net zero