LHB engages with community partners, local and state governments to inform policies, guidelines, and programs that promote a more sustainable built environment.
- Development of guidelines, policies, and programs
- Program support, communications, and training
Since 2002, LHB has co-led a team that manages and coordinates the State of Minnesota’s B3/SB 2030 programs, which set standards and provide resources to achieve holistic sustainability and wellness outcomes in new and existing buildings.
Along with providing project management, LHB assists with policy and program development, training for project teams, and program outreach to public building owners. LHB also plays a key role in the design and management of the online B3 Case Studies Database, which shares design and performance data for B3 buildings and highlights the stories of top performers.
As the only design firm on the team, LHB assists in determining how the features of the B3 programs and tools apply to real world scenarios and has used the programs to improve the sustainability and wellness outcomes on more than a dozen design projects.
City of St. Louis Park Green Building Policy
In 2010, the City of St. Louis Park hired LHB to assist in the development of a community-wide green building policy that was then adopted by the Economic Development Authority.
LHB worked with the Planning Department to create a policy with associated actions for promoting buildings that are energy efficient, economical to operate, environmentally responsible, and healthy places to live and work to further enhance the quality of life in St. Louis Park.
Since developing the policy, LHB continues to assist the city by providing tools for implementation of the policy actions as well as consulting in Green Building Reviews with project developers and design teams.
St. Paul Port Authority Design Covenants
LHB has worked with the St. Paul Port Authority (SPPA) for over ten years on the refinement and implementation of a set of covenants for their development projects.
SPPA is committed to sustainable growth and development that incorporates innovative design to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, and promote renewable energy production, native plantings, and next generation stormwater management.
To that end, LHB provides guidance and reviews project designs for compliance with SPPA’s ambitious high-performance building and site design covenants.
Learn more about our performance and research services and projects on our blog.