Reports & Materials

Technical Report

Secondhand Smoke Exposure for Minnesota Bars and Restaurants

Technical Report

Cost-Effective Boiler System Retrofits

The cost of energy is a significant portion of the operating expenses for any commercial building. Yet these same energy expenses are often the single largest controllable cost of operations.

Technical Report

Identifying Effective Biomass Strategies: Quantifying Minnesota's Resources and Evaluating Future Opportunities

The profile of bio-power (electricity generated with bio-mass fuels) is rising with America's concerns about the effect of fossil fuels on the environment.

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Technical Report

Measured Change in Multifamily Unit Air Leakage and Airflow Due to Air Sealing and Ventilation Treatments

This paper summarizes the results from field studies to evaluate the effectiveness of air sealing and ventilation treatments to reduce environmental tobacco smoke transfer between units.

Technical Report

Secondhand Smoke in Apartment Buildings: Renter and Owner or Manager Perspectives

This study explored the views of Minnesota renters and apartment owners or managers about environmental tobacco smoke transfer between units in multifamily buildings and about smoke-free housing.

Data & Reference

Minnesota Energy Challenge

Free online action guide to help Minnesotans reduce energy waste in their homes, and includes community education, organizing, and team competitions.

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Technical Report

Indoor Air Quality in Bars and Restaurants Before and After Implementation of Smoke-free Ordinances in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties

Indoor air quality monitoring took place before and after the implementation of smoke-free ordinances that went into effect for Ramsey and Hennepin counties on March 31, 2005.

Technical Report

Reduction of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Transfer in Minnesota Multifamily Buildings Using Air Sealing and Ventilation Treatments

The two goals of this project are to build a sound base of knowledge that will facilitate the designation of smoke-free apartment buildings and the treatment of smoking permitted buildings to minimize ETS transfer.

Technical Report

Market Characterization Study of Minnesota Multifamily New Construction Practices and Building Improvement Opportunities

The goal of the study is to determine the impact of multi-family housing in the region, characterize multifamily new construction practices, and identify potential opportunities to encourage better building performance.

Technical Report

Ventilation and Depressurization Information for Houses Undergoing Remodeling

The overall objective of this study was to provide information on ventilation needs and depressurization concerns for existing houses in Minnesota that are being “tightened”. The results were obtained from indoor air quality (IAQ) test data and survey results from houses near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.