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City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/30/2014
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Construction, Multi-Family Residential
Residential Code:New construction must be 14%-64% more efficient than 2012 IECC levels depending on building type and square footage (i.e., HERS score of 60 to 25)
Additions and remodels must be 5%-30% more efficient than 2012 IECC levels depending on building type and square footage (i.e., HERS score of 70 to 50)
Residential building permit applicants for new construction or renovations must also obtain an energy audit and meet Green Points Requirements
Commercial Code:Required to exceed the energy efficiency requirements of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Building Except for Low-Rise Residential Buildings or 2012 IECC by at least 30 percent
Energy modeling is required for all commercial buildings over 20,000 sq. ft.
Web Site: http://www.colocode.com/boulder2/chapter10-7-5.htm
Authority 1:
Boulder Revised Code 1981, Chapter 10-7
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7565
11/13/2007
2/1/2008
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7566
10/30/2007
1/2/2008
Authority 4:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7621
11/25/2008
3/2/2009
Authority 5:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7925
10/01/2013
01/31/2014
Summary:

Residential

The Boulder Green Points Building Program is a mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components based on the size of the proposed structure. Similar to the US Green Building Council's LEED program, the Boulder Green Points program awards points for a menu of sustainable building practices. Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are among the optional components a builder can use to earn points.

New construction projects also must show energy efficiency compliance through the Home Energy Rating System (HERS). The required HERS index varies according to the size of the dwelling.

Multi-family residential units are also included, and each dwelling in a multi-unit dwelling is required to meet the green point requirements separately.

Commercial

Commercial buildings in Boulder are required to meet the city’s Energy Conservation Code. The Code specifies that new commercial buildings and remodels must exceed the energy efficiency requirements of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 or 2012 IECC by at least 30 percent.

Buildings larger than 20,000 square feet must demonstrate compliance through third party performance modeling that is approved by the city manager.


 
Contact:
  Elizabeth Vasatka
City of Boulder
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 441-1964
Phone 2: (303) 441-1880
Fax: (303) 441-4070
E-Mail: vasatkae@ci.boulder.co.us
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