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Dec 2

BSU's Laurel House

Published in 2010

BSU’s Laurel House was purchased by the BSU Foundation and was leased by BSU as a residence for Honors Program students. The house is in need of a complete renovation due to the numerous repairs that would be required for the house to be occupied again.  This project will be a show piece for the community, businesses, and schools highlighting affordable green practices that anyone could implement. The practices utilized will demonstrate how to reduce impact on the environment, reduce operating costs, and save money over the life of the home. A priority is making the house a leading example for others to follow in increasing resource efficiency and reducing negative impacts on neighbors and the future. Some features include:

  • Energy Efficient Windows (u-factor less than 0.24)
  • Durable Long Lasting Siding (steel siding with an energy star rated coating)
  • Energy Star Appliances (energy efficient refrigerator, stove, laundry equipment, and water heater)
  • Water Conserving Technologies (toilets, faucets,  shower heads that conserve water, and rain barrels that catch rainwater for irrigation)
  • Resource Efficient Landscaping (vegetation that requires little water or maintenance, water permeable hard surfaces, rain garden to reduce runoff)
  • Local Resources (use of materials that are local, to reduce transportation and help local economies)
  • Energy Efficient Lighting (compact fluorescent and LED lighting throughout)
  • Low or No VOCs (use of paint, flooring, and other finishes that emit no or minimal VOCs)

This project will be a gold level Minnesota GreenStar remodel project, which is their highest level. MN GreenStar is a Minnesota based green building organization that assists in creating a sustainable future in the construction industry. When the project is complete, the house will become the Honors Residence again and a live-in lab demonstrating reduced utility usage.

BSU is working with MJ Architecture, Zetah Construction, and Northwest Technical College on design plans and budget estimates.

Place contact the Sustainability Office either by phone (218-755-2560) or email ( if you would like to be involved with this exciting, innovative project!

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"Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the Earth is our Mother? What befalls the Earth befalls all the sons of the Earth."
~ Chief Seattle in a letter to President Franklin Pierce, 1852