Colorado Energy Crossroads: Navigating new standards for net zero

Aug 26, 2023

EBI’s Phil Winterland speaks on Denver’s newest energy and building standards

EBI’s Phil Winterland, PE, Energy and Sustainability Group Manager, spoke on a panel at the BOMA Denver Seminar: Not Easy Being Green – Industrial Edition. Phil used his local expertise to inform property managers on how to prepare properties to meet two upcoming building performance standards deadlines.

Industrial building energy standards are significantly different compared to CRE buildings requirements. Budget and time constraints to meet these new standards can be overwhelming for property owners and managers who do not understand the potential risks and incentives available to them. During the seminar property managers learned about the new Energize Denver Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Industrial (MAI) requirements concerning energy reduction at their property:

Energize Denver Building Performance Requirements

The Energize Denver Ordinance was created to establish Energy Use Intensity (EUI) energy performance targets for buildings larger than 25,000 square feet. Buildings must reach these targets by 2030 with an interim target requirement in 2027. These targets require owners to benchmark building energy performance annually and make improvements if they are not on track to meet their targets

These performance improvement requirements are part of the broader effort to reduce energy use by all properties across the city to facilitate the state’s transition to a renewable energy infrastructure goal and to further Denver’s climate action goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 2040.

2026 Colorado State Energy Standards

Colorado’s Air Quality Commission established new performance standards for existing buildings greater than 50,000 square feet to meet specific targets for energy use. The targets include building-sector-wide carbon emissions reductions of 7% by 2026 and 20% by 2030 from a 2021 baseline. These new requirements apply to an estimated 8,000 buildings in Colorado. These standards are part of a larger goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% statewide by 2030.

Phil and the team at EBI can help you ensure that these targets are met by each respective deadline.


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Phil Winterland

PE, Energy and Sustainability Group Manager

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