The city of Mankato's Orness Plaza, 900 Hope Street, has become a Better Buildings Challenge partner and is committed to reducing energy by 30 percent in 10 years. As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, Orness Plaza is one of 50 multi-family partners that's a leader in affordable housing and multi-family housing.
"Even though we've been designated a Better Buildings Challenge partner, we'll continue to look for ways to reduce energy costs while increasing energy efficiencies," said Mankato City Manager Patrick Hentges.
Orness Plaza has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED® is the nation’s preeminent program for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Energy efficiencies include:
• geothermal heating and cooling system
• Energy Star windows and additional insulation
• water conserving devices
• Energy Star appliances
• design elements improve indoor air quality and may also help improve residents’ health
• heavily insulated siding
The Orness Plaza remodel is an example of Mankato's commitment to using "green" policies and best practices in planning for sustainability.