PED Projects with Green Component


The Market Lofts Condominiums and Indoor Farmers’ Market include the following:

  • District heating and cooling in the Indoors Farmers’ Market
  • The high-efficiency, well-insulated building envelope is designed to be resistant to heat flow
  • Low Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) paints and finishes throughout the condos
  • Energy Star rated furnaces and appliances in the condos
  • Programmable thermostats in the condos
  • Highly recycled content in concrete used in the development
  • Sheetrock used in the development contains recycled materials
  • Low-E energy-saving windows
  • Recycled and sustainably-harvested products offered to buyers as finish products, including granite, stainless steel, bamboo flooring
  • A rooftop storm water retention system
  • Centrally located near transit lines and a shopping center

The proposed redevelopment at Snelling Avenue and I-94 includes a Best Buy and Lowe’s, both of which will undergo Energy Design Assistance (Xcel Energy) review and are considering solar-powered lighting for the parking lots. The Rondo Community Outreach Library and 93 nearby housing units underwent Energy Design Assistance review (Xcel Energy) and incorporated the recommendations. The Dale Street Town Homes developed by the Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation, the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture, and the Wilder Foundation, incorporated an Oriented Strand Board (OSB) panel system. This system uses wood from a wide-range of fast-growing species, resulting in less impact on the environment than traditional stick framing.


Redeveloping existing buildings, which is common in Saint Paul, as opposed to demolishing and building new ones, reduces the environmental impact. Transit-oriented design, which is playing a larger role in planning and development efforts in Saint Paul, is key to making development sustainable.