Building Green Homes for the Future

McDonald Construction is proud to be one of the first builders involved in the green building advanced certification pilot program Minnesota Green Path!

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities partnered with the environmental non-profit Green Institute introduced a program for Minnesota home builders interested in transforming the residential building industry through creating a "green" certified standard of building practice. Each home registered with the program must meet the MN Green Path requirements through 3rd party verification during design and throughout the construction process. 

McDonald Construction is green certified by MN Green Path who offers holistic green options that allow home buyers and remodeling clients the freedom to choose the green features that are most important to them. Two levels (Advanced and Master) for new homes allow the builder to combine elective credits that make most sense for individual customers..

Advanced Certified

This mid-level green certification means a home has met a minimal energy testing standard plus includes additional green features. Specifically, an Advanced Certified Green Path Home must test with a HERS score of no more than 55 and earn at least 5 total points in Energy Efficiency, 5 points in Indoor Environmental Quality, 5 points from the remaining three areas of green construction (Water Conservation, Resource Management or Site/Development) and 5 elective points from any category.

  • Tested by a RESNET Certified Rater and receives a HERS Index <55
  • Built to MN Energy Code; Builder confirms energy certified requirements, PLUS:
  • 5 total points in Energy Efficiency
  • 5 total points in Indoor Environmental Quality
  • 5 total points from Water Conservation, Resource Management, or Site/Development
  • 5 points from any elective checklist
  • Project is issued a MN Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR)