Minnesota Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:Minnesota climate zones
Current Commercial Code

Minnesota Commercial State Building Code, Chapter 1323, based on the 2012 IECC with state-specific amendments; ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is also a compliance option.
passed 8/18/14, effective 6/2/15

This code is also applicable for public Minnesota buildings. The following are exemptions from the code:

  • Buildings that do not use either electricity or fossil fuel; and
  • Equipment and portions of building systems that use energy primarily to provide for industrial or manufacturing processes
Current Residential Code

Minnesota Residential State Building Code, based on the 2012 IECC with state-specific amendments.
passed 8/18/14, effective 2/14/15

Code Book Fact Sheet: 2015 Minnesota Energy Code

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Climate Zones: 6A, 7

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Regulatory: Authority for adopting the state energy codes has been given to the Department of Labor and Industry. The state’s Administrative Procedures Act provides for a minimum update process of 18 months. Its procedures require a formal public hearing only if requested by 25 or more individuals. The Building Codes and Standards Division delivers an executive summary of the proposed rule changes to the office of the Governor. After the Governor and State Reviser’s Office approve the rule changes, a Notice of Adoption is published in the state register.

Code Change Cycle

No set schedule

Next Code Update


Minnesota Code Contacts

Donald Sivigny
Building Codes and Standards
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Email: don.sivigny@state.mn.us

Isaac Elnecave
Senior Policy Manager
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
Email: ielnecave@mwalliance.org

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.