Plus Heated Garage Update for Multifamily Apartment Buildings
Plus Heated Garage Update for Multifamily Apartment Buildings
Energy Star Webinar and MN Overlay Update

Energy Star Multifamily High Rise Program Webinars
Join the EPA and Energy Star Multifamily High Rise Program for free upcoming Webinars:
  • Thursday, October 9 from 10-11 a.m.
    Energy Star Multifamily High Rise Program Overview
    The Webinar will provide an overview of the Energy Star Multifamily High Rise Program (ES MFHR) and will discuss underground garages for multifamily buildings of four stories or more. Compliance with ES MFHR is required to meet Criteria 5.1b of the MN Overlay and Green Communities.
     
  • Tuesday, October 14 from 12-1 p.m.
    Energy Star Multifamily High Rise as a Path to LEED Compliance

    This Webinar will identify the similarities and differences between the ES MFHR program and the LEED for Homes Rating System (2010 and v4), and how ES MFHR certification can be a complementary certification.
Past Webinars are available for review on the Energy Star website.
Heated Garage Update
Since the last update of the MN Overlay in April 2014, we learned that ES MFHR will not allow heated garages under multifamily apartment buildings four stories or more in height. Therefore, applicable projects will not be certified by ES MFHR and will not meet the mandatory building performance requirement of Criteria 5.1b.
To address this issue with projects that we currently fund, we are amending Criteria 5.1b in the MN Overlay and in the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities as follows:
Omit the current clarification in the MN Overlay and replace with the following:
CLARIFICATION
Minnesota Housing will allow underground heated garages in projects 4 stories or more if the following requirements are met:
1. The building(s) shall be designed to be at least 15% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007
2. A garage energy penalty must be included in the Performance Path energy model. Under this penalty, the garage in the Baseline Building energy model may not be heated and must be modeled with an insulated garage ceiling.
3. The project shall register with and follow the ES MFHR submittal and tracking process.
4. Testing and verification per the ES MFHR shall be provided during construction.
Questions?
Erika Arms: 651.296.9850
Jerry Narlock651.215.6239
Mike Thomas: 651.297.5135
400 Sibley Street, Suite 300 | Saint Paul, MN 55101 US
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