The Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) is providing technical assistance to Minnesota Housing (formerly Minnesota Housing Finance Agency) and its funding partners as they move to further integrate sustainable criteria and strategies into their multi-family and single-family affordable housing finance programs.
During the first year of this relationship, CSBR, along with Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) and Family Housing Fund (FHF), assisted Minnesota Housing with the assessment and feasibility evaluation of adding sustainable building criteria to the multi-family Super-RFP program. The work built on the Minnesota Green Communities Initiative (a program of the GMHF and FHF) and resulted in the adoption of the Green Communities mandatory criteria with a Minnesota Overlay. The overlay allowed the regional funders to tailor the national criteria to address the state's needs and interests.
CSBR continues to assist with the evaluation of green projects and the development of protocols for the assessment of project objectives, feasibility, and outcomes. This work results in tools to help developers, designers, and builders implement cost effective sustainable strategies. The tools will strive to be user friendly and utilize information already being gathered by the agency as part of the funding application process.