City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program (Colorado)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program|
|Incentive Type||Building Energy Code|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Construction, Multi-Family Residential, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|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.
|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.
|Date added to DSIRE||2001-02-02|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-07-23|
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.
|Contact Name||Elizabeth Vasatka|
|Department||City of Boulder|
|Phone 2||(303) 441-1880|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Boulder Revised Code 1981, Chapter 10-7|
|Authority 2:||Ordinance No. 7565|
|Authority 3:||Ordinance No. 7566|
|Authority 4:||Ordinance No. 7621|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.