Aspen and Pitkin County - Efficient Building Program (Colorado)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Colorado

Name Aspen and Pitkin County - Efficient Building Program
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Residential, Construction, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Electric
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Residential Code Requirements vary depending on whether the building is residential, large residential, or publicly funded low-income housing

Date added to DSIRE 2003-04-03
Last DSIRE Review 2009-07-07

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Aspen/Pitkin County has initiated the City of Aspen/Pitkin County Efficient Building Program (APEB). As of February 2003, all building permit applications must include a completed APEB Checklist documenting that the project has the minimum number of points for using efficient, recycled and renewable technologies and materials as well as resource efficient practices. If the project includes a remodel and/or demolition/deconstruction, then the Deconstruction Plan form must be filled out in addition to the Checklist.

The APEB Program is designed to educate the public and the building trades about utilizing resources more efficiently. Flexibility is built into the program to accommodate a wide range of alternatives to create better buildings. The program addresses the reduction of construction waste, promoting recycled and renewable resources, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, renewable energy, water conservation, as well as efficient building techniques.

The program is point-based. The number of points required is based on the size and type of the project. For example, one point is available for every five percentage over the energy code that one builds. Points for solar design and technologies are available, also, such as passive solar space heating, solar water heating, active solar space heating, and photovoltaics.

The APEB Guidelines can be used when completing the Checklist, which is required upon submittal of any residential building permit application, and a Resource Guide has also been developed in conjunction with this program to assist in finding suppliers and other information.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: City of Aspen and Pitkin County Efficient Building Ordinance
Date Effective 2002-06-19

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Denis Murray
Department Community Development

Address 130 S. Galena Street, 3rd Floor

Place Aspen, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 81611
Phone (970) 920-5090
Phone 2 (970) 920-5440


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"