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Building Standards

Minnesota Housing establishes minimum design standards to assist in our commitment to meeting Minnesotans' needs for decent, safe and sustainable affordable housing. These standards also provide assistance to architects and contractors in understanding their role within Minnesota Housing's development process and associated requirements with their services.
Rental Housing Design/Construction Standards (RHD/CS) Applicable to all Multifamily projects. Multifamily Projects may include single family homes, duplexes, townhomes and multi-storied buildings with elevators in which the occupants are renters and do not own the property. The standards cover the following items:
                Chapter 1: Overview
                Chapter 2: General Occupancy New Construction Minimum Standards
                Chapter 3: General Occupancy Rehabilitation Minimum Standards
                Chapter 4: Supportive Housing Minimum Design and Construction Standards
                Chapter 5: 2013 Tax Credit Design Standards and Review Process
                Chapter 6: Accessibility Standards
                Chapter 7: Visitablity Requirements
                Chapter 8: Sustainable Housing
                Chapter 9: Design and Construction Standards Supplement for Federally Funded Projects
Architect's Guide - Information and best practices for architects
Contractor's Guide - Information and best practices for contractors
Environmental Standards - Information and policy requirements for both new construction and rehabilitation projects
Physical Needs Assessment Template (Multifamily Buildings)
Physical Needs Assessment Template (Single Family Homes)

Limited Scope Project Documents

To be used with non-RFP funded projects only with Minnesota Housing approval.

Reference Links

2013 MN Overlay & Guide to the 2011 Green Communities Criteria (for previously selected developments)

EGCC Certification Workbook

Enterprise Green 2011 Waiver Request Form

Energy Saving Tips and Brochures

Design and Construction eNews Archive



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