Register below for this on-demand webinar.

This webinar is a recording from program D4-71 from the A’21 MN Conference on November 11, 2021.

Seminar description

The State of Minnesota B3 programs and tools support sustainable buildings throughout their life cycle, establishing project specific performance requirements during predesign, supporting sustainable design strategies to meet these goals during design and construction, and tracking and improving actual performance during operations. SB 2030, the program’s energy standard, helps project teams set and achieve energy performance targets. Buildings starting schematic design in 2020 and beyond must use 80% less carbon-producing energy than an average building in existence in 2003. For building owners and design teams, this means that energy efficiency strategies alone may no longer be enough to achieve program compliance. Renewable energy strategies will be needed for most projects.

The SB 2030 program now defines a hierarchy of renewable energy options, starting with on-site or on-campus, then moving to in-portfolio for owners that have multiple buildings, before moving to renewable energy credits as a last resort. Panelists who worked on recent SB 2030 projects will emphasize the architect’s role in design for carbon reduction, highlighting three MN case studies that demonstrate different pathways to meet program requirements. Session attendees will come away with strategies for reducing the carbon impact of their design projects.

Learning objectives

1. Examine the SB 2030 Energy Standard program objectives and compliance pathways.

2. Compare and contrast renewable energy strategies from the hierarchy of options in SB 2030 that can be incorporated into project planning, design, and development.

3. Provide guidance for project design teams to evaluate energy efficient envelope options during project planning and design.

4. Incorporate decarbonization strategies into project planning, design, and development to ensure energy and carbon reductions in building operations.


Becky Alexander, AIA, is an architect and researcher at LHB where she does a combination of sustainable building research and architectural design. Becky plays a key role in several significant state-wide initiatives to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota. She is also on the management team for the State of Minnesota’s B3 and SB 2030 programs.

Matthew Finn, AIA, project manager, LHB, has 17 years of experience in the design and documentation of affordable and supportive housing across scales, programs, and housing typologies. From the largest public-private housing partnership in Minnesota history, to single-family and duplex renovations, he has led projects throughout the Twin Cities.

Amber Sausen, AIA, is a principal at Alliiance, working primarily in the public and workplace sectors. She is a leader in Alliiance’s sustainability efforts, with over a dozen years of experience working on projects using the Minnesota B3 Guidelines.

Elizabeth Turner, AIA, is an architect and Certified Passive Building Consultant. Elizabeth works with a passion for finding synergies to create thriving, equitable communities that depend less on the purchase of energy, saving both operational costs and carbon emissions. She founded Precipitate in 2017.


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 1.0 HSW LU Hours for AIA.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the one-hour webinar and then complete the ten-question quiz (must score 70% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and/or credits will be recorded to your AIA member transcript


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.