Boulder Energy Compliance
Building Performance Ordinance Overview
Boulder’s Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071) entails new rating, reporting, and energy efficiency requirements for existing commercial and industrial buildings. The requirements move beyond current voluntary programs to require actions that reduce energy use and improve the quality of Boulder’s commercial and industrial building stock. The ordinance was adopted in 2015 and reporting deadlines began in 2016.
If you own or manage government buildings above 5,000 square feet, existing buildings above 50,000 square feet, new buildings above 10,000 square feet, or large industrial campuses, you must track and report your energy consumption according to the City’s compliance deadlines (outlined below).
The ordinance’s goal is to ensure the long-term vitality of the community. Energy use represents a key focus in Boulder’s climate efforts and commercial, and industrial buildings account for 53% of Boulder’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond contributing to the city’s climate goals, the requirements provide valuable information that can help building owners improve the performance of their properties in ways that benefit their bottom line, as well as enhance the comfort of work and living spaces for tenants. [City of Boulder]
The compliance deadline for all affected buildings to report their annual electricity and natural gas usage is June 1st each year.
- June 1, 2017 for existing 50,000 square feet and over non-residential buildings as well as new buildings 10,000 square feet and over. The deadline is every June 1st thereafter.
- With this being the first year of compliance regulations, there is an available extension to push the deadline to September 1st, 2017.
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Noncompliance will result in fines of $0.0025 per square foot per day (up to $1,000 per day) in Boulder.