Denver - Sustainable Building Guidelines (Colorado)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Colorado
Name Denver - Sustainable Building Guidelines
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, Installer/Contractor, Institutional
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2004-09-08

References DSIRE[1]


The City’s Environmental Protection Division, in cooperation with the Utility Division, has sustainable building guidelines for retrofit, renovation and new construction of municipal buildings, e.g., police/fire stations and recreation centers, for use by architects, engineers and contractors serving the city. These guidelines are available for greater energy-efficiency in the design and construction of private sector buildings. Sustainability in city buildings is also promoted through application of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system to Denver’s building construction projects. Design work for the new Denver Convention Center and associated Hyatt Hotel underwent LEED analysis for energy savings, for example. Most city buildings are subject to review for energy-savings and other green features. This can often produce long term cost savings, the incentive for public and private sector efforts to establish energy-efficient facilities.

Energy Efficient/Earth Friendly Home Building Program: The Denver Metro Area has a voluntary energy-efficient/Earth-friendly home building program, which establishes standards for qualification. The long term comfort level and operating-cost savings these homes offer provides marketing advantages. Information is available at

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Steve Foute
Department City/County of Denver
Division Department of Environmental Health
Address 201 W. Colfax Avenue Dept 1009
Place Denver, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80202
Phone (720) 865-5360


  • 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)"