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City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 07/20/2012
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 30%-75% more efficient than 2006 International Energy Conservation and Insulation Code (IECC) levels depending on building type and square footage.
Major renovations must achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 70-100 (15%-50% increased IECC efficiency) depending on square footage.
Residential building permit applicants for new construction or renovations must also obtain an energy audit and meet Green Points Requirements.
Commercial Code:In March 2009, commercial energy efficiency requirements for new construction increased by 30 percent
Energy modeling is required for all commercial buildings over 20,000 sq. ft.
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Boulder Revised Code 1981, Chapter 10-7
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7565
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7566
Authority 4:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Ordinance No. 7621

The Boulder Green Points Building Program is a mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a variety 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 technologies are among the optional components a builder can use to earn points. In addition to green points requirements, 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.

The Green Building Green Points program for residential remodels and additions includes tiered, above-code energy efficiency (between 15 to 50 percent depending on the size of the addition), lighting, and air sealing requirements. An addition often warrants the same energy efficiency compliance as new construction; applicants can check guidelines for thresholds.

In 2009, there were changes passed to the building and electrical codes, and green building requirements were expanded to commercial buildings. Multi-family residential units are also included: each dwelling in a multi-unit dwelling is required to meet the green point requirements separately.

  Elizabeth Vasatka
City of Boulder
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 441-1964
Phone 2: (303) 441-1880
Fax: (303) 441-4070
Web Site:
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