2019 Building Standards Updates The following guides and standards have been updated and are applicable to multifamily rental housing developments selected by Minnesota Housing for financing in the 2020 Housing Tax Credits (HTC) funding year. This includes projects selected in the 2019 Consolidated RFP, 2020 HTC allocations through Round 1 or Round 2, and 2020 HTC 4% Only projects. These updates will be available on Minnesota Housing's Building Standards webpage in April.
Rental Housing Design/Construction Standards (RHD/CS)
Chapter 2 - General Occupancy New Construction Minimum Standards
- A window for natural light must be provided.
- Exceptions. Windowless bedrooms (designed to meet applicable building codes) may be allowed:
- if the local Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TBRA) voucher administrator receives approval for an acceptability criteria variation from their HUD field office, or
- without an acceptability criteria variation if 100% of the units receive Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA).
Dwelling unit bathrooms:
- Three bedroom dwelling units will be required to have at least a full bathroom plus a half (1/2) bathroom. Previously they were required to have at least a full bathroom plus a three-quarter (3/4) bathroom.
Plumbing systems and kitchen sinks:
- Efficiency units and one bedroom dwelling units will be allowed to have a single bowl kitchen sink. Previously, only efficiency units were allowed to have a single bowl kitchen sink.
Floor drain at roll-in shower drying area:
- This requirement will be removed.
Private well and septic:
- Sites not served by municipal water and/or sewer may be approved to have private wells and/or sewers if they are code compliant and drinking water is tested and meets safe drinking water standards prescribed by Minnesota Department of Health.
- Low-sloped roofing types have been expanded to now allow:
- A 60 mil PVC membrane fully adhered or induction welded
- A 60 mil TPO membrane fully adhered, induction welded, or ballasted
- A 60 mil EPDM membrane fully adhered
- A Four-ply asphalt/gravel built-up assembly
- Sloped roofing manufacturer’s warranty has been changed to a minimum 30-year warranty in lieu of 25-year warranty
Chapter 3 - General Occupancy Rehabilitation Minimum Standards
- A clarification regarding needs assessments for adaptive reuse projects will be included. All Adaptive Reuse projects must follow either Substantial Rehabilitation or Moderate Rehabilitation requirements and must include a Needs Assessment. New improvement work as part of an Adaptive Reuse project must follow Chapter 2 General Occupancy New Construction Minimum Standards.
20-Year Capital Expenditure (20YCE) template:
- A new 20YCE template has been created for Scattered Sites/Multiple Building types. This new template includes separate tabs for each different site or building type within a single funded project. A summary tab will auto calculate cost for each site/ building. The new template is available now and can be downloaded on the Minnesota Housing Building Standards webpage.
Chapter 4 - Supportive Housing Minimum Design and Construction Standards
- This chapter has been deleted.
Chapter 5 - Accessibility Standards
- Type A Accessible Units within Townhomes. Regardless of being built to Minnesota Building Code or the Minnesota Residential Code, townhome projects must meet the minimum 5% Type A Accessible unit threshold.
- Roll-in shower requirements applicable to Type A Accessible units have been removed. Roll-in showers, if required, must be provided in accordance with the Minnesota Accessibility Code.
Chapter 13 - End of Construction
Identity of Interest - When there is an identity of interest between the owner and contractor, the contractor must submit a Contractor’s Certificate of Actual Cost HUD Form 92330A audited by an independent public account in accordance with requirements established by HUD as follows:
- At the end of construction after final contractor payment, but before the final draw close-out for projects with Minnesota Housing's:
- Deferred funding
- First Mortgage
- At the end of the project and before IRS Form 8609 issuance for 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits projects.
An identity of interest exists between the Owner and the contractor when:
- There is any financial interest of the Owner in the contractor or any financial interest of the contractor in the Owner.
- Any officer, director, or stockholder or partner of the Owner is also an officer, director or stockholder or partner of the contractor.
- Any officer, director, stockholder, or partner of the Owner has any financial interest in the contractor; or any officer, director, stockholder, or partner of the contractor has any financial interest in the Owner.
- The contractor advances any funds to the Owner.
- The contractor takes stock or any interest in the Owner entity as consideration of payment.
- Any relationship (e.g. family) existing that would give the Owner or contractor control or influence over the price of the contract or the price paid to the subcontractor, material supplier or lessor of equipment.
Chapter 5 - Owner/Architect Agreement
The 2017 version of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) B101, B102, B201, and B103 are allowed, however they must be amended to ensure the architect’s basic services fee includes:
- Compliance with the Minnesota Housing Sustainable Housing Standards, and
- Civil engineering
Multifamily Intended Methods Worksheet (IMW)
Intent to Comply: The Optional Points (OP) column has been revised so that there are no optional points indicated in the template. Previously, all possible OP were indicated. It will be the responsibility of the person completing the form to add chosen OP to the OP column.
2019 MN Overlay to the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria
Chapter 2 - Project and Rehabilitation Type
An Adaptive Reuse clarification will be included:
- For the purpose of complying with the MN Overlay, all Adaptive Reuse projects must follow either Substantial Rehabilitation or Moderate Rehabilitation Mandatory/ selected Optional Criteria requirements. New improvement work as part of an Adaptive Reuse project must follow our Rental Housing Design/ Construction Standards Chapter 2 General Occupancy New Construction Minimum Standards requirements. Adaptive Reuse projects are not considered New Construction projects.