City of Boulder - Green Points Building Program (Colorado)

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Place Boulder, Colorado
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
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
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.
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.

Date added to DSIRE 2001-02-02
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-23

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Elizabeth Vasatka
Department City of Boulder

Place Boulder, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80306
Phone (303) 441-1964
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
Date Effective 2008-02-01
Date Enacted 2007-11-13

Authority 3: Ordinance No. 7566
Date Effective 2008-01-02
Date Enacted 2007-10-30

Authority 4: Ordinance No. 7621
Date Effective 2009-03-02
Date Enacted 2008-11-25

  • 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)"