Adopted by the Boulder City Council on October 20, 2015, the Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (No. 8071) requires owners of commercial and industrial buildings to do the following:
1. Annually rate and report the energy use of their buildings;
2. Perform periodic energy assessments;
3. Perform periodic retrocommissioning and implement cost effective energy efficiency measures; and
4. Implement one-time lighting upgrades.
The policy also requires city buildings over 5,000 square feet and new buildings over 10,000 square feet to perform the above actions.
Industrial campuses served by one central plant where the buildings aren't individually metered must comply with custom requirements. They must annually give Xcel Energy permission to aggregate their campus' energy use with other campuses by fuel type. This aggregated information is then shared with the city. Campuses must also email a narrative to the City of Boulder that will be shared with the public. The narrative includes: Campus energy usage and emission reduction goals and a summary of energy efficiency or on-site renewable energy projects implemented in the reporting year that the owner would like to share with the public. Finally, campuses must share the following information with the city via in-person meeting: a qualitative comparison of energy usage in the reporting year with the preceding year and an explanation of the reasons for any changes and a calculation of the percentage of total energy savings during the reporting year.
|Building Types Affected||Size||Compliance Deadline|
|Public/Government||Greater Than or Equal To 5,000 Sq. Feet||2016-05-01|
|Non-Residential||Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet||2016-08-01|
|Non-Residential||Greater Than or Equal To 30,000 Sq. Feet||2018-06-01|
|Non-Residential||Greater Than or Equal To 20,000 Sq. Feet||2020-06-01|