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Boulder Building Performance

Boulder Building Performance


The City of Boulder is officially extending the 2021 compliance deadlines associated with the Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071) in order to minimize near-term impacts as area businesses continue to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Specific deadlines that are to be extended are:

  • Energy Assessment requirement for all buildings 30,000 to 49,999 square feet extended from June 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021;
  • The One-time Lighting Upgrade requirement for all buildings 50,000 and greater (including city facilities) extended from June 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022; and,
  • Retro-commissioning Report requirements for all buildings over 50,000 square feet and larger (including city facilities) extended from June 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022. All Retro-commissioning Measure Implementation requirements will be moved from June 1, 2023 to June 1, 2024.

There will be no change to June 1, 2021 Rating and Reporting deadline for all buildings 20,000 square feet and larger including city facilities.

Boulder Building Performance Program

Program Updates

Submit Reports Online for Compliance:

For ordinance overviews by building type, see:


In support of community energy and climate goals, the Boulder City Council adopted the Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071) on Oct. 20, 2015. These rating and reporting and energy efficiency 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.

Read the City Manager Rule, which interprets and further defines provisions of this ordinance. 

View the Boulder Building Performance infographic for a quick overview of the requirements and compliance timeline.

View the Building Performance Map for compliance results.

Questions?  Contact the Help Desk 8am-5pm MDT at [email protected] or (844) 811-8785.

Ordinance Requirements

This ordinance requires privately-owned commercial and industrial buildings and city-owned buildings to do the following:

  1. Annually Rate & Report (R&R) building energy use; and
  2. Implement Efficiency Requirements, including:
    • Perform energy assessments (EA) every ten years;
    • Perform retrocommissioning (RCx) every ten years and implement cost effective RCx measures within two years of the study; and
    • Implement one-time lighting upgrades.


Deadlines for each requirement are listed by affected building type and square footage (SF) below.

Efficiency Requirement Compliance Deadlines

Affected Buildings

Energy Assessment


RCx Measure Implementation

Lighting Upgrade

City buildings > 10,000 sf*

May 1, 2019

May 1, 2022

May 1, 2024

May 1, 2022

Existing buildings** > 50,000 sf

New buildings*** > 10,000 sf

June 1, 2019

June 1, 2022

June 1, 2024

June 1, 2022

Existing buildings > 30,000 and < 50,000 sf

December 31, 2021

June 1, 2023

June 1, 2025

June 1, 2023

Existing buildings > 20,000 and < 30,000 sf

June 1, 2023

June 1, 2025

June 1, 2027

June 1, 2025

*City buildings >5,000 sf must complete lighting upgrades but are not subject to energy assessments or retrocommissioning.

**Existing buildings that meet the definition of a Large Industrial Campus (three or more buildings, at least partially used for manufacturing, served by a central plant or single utility meter) have custom requirements and deadlines due to their unique nature.

***Any commercial or industrial building for which an initial building permit was issued on or after January 31, 2014.


Additional Information


If you are the  owner of an affected building, you are required to rate and report building energy data and complete efficiency actions by the deadlines posted (see above). Failure to do so can result in fines of $0.0025 per square foot up to $1,000 per day of non-compliance.

Any  tenant  of an owner subject to the provisions of this chapter shall, within 30 days of a request, provide to the owner any information that cannot otherwise be acquired by the owner and that is needed to comply with the provisions of this chapter. 

How to Comply

View the following pages for detailed information, resources, forms and guidance for complying with the ordinance requirements:

Exemptions may be available. Review the Exemption Reference Guide pdf and Exemption Request Form for more information.

For overviews by building size see the following:

Note: Large Industrial Campuses have custom requirements and timelines.

Program Reports


For information on training, rebates and incentives, please see Resources.

For information on finding or becoming a Qualified Service Provider, please see Service Providers.

For information on  the history of the Building Performance Ordinance and other similar programs around the country, please see Background.

Read the case study with Conscience Bay pdf to learn how energy improvements can benefit property owners and businesses.

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.