The Boulder Building Performance Ordinance (Ordinance No. 8071) is a set of rating, reporting and energy efficiency requirements that move beyond current voluntary programs. This program aims to reduce energy use and improve the quality of Boulder’s commercial and industrial building stock.
Rating and reporting requirements are phased in based on building size. Deadlines for each requirement vary by building size.
Complete Rating & Reporting
Understand the requirements
The Building Performance Ordinance requires each affected commercial and industrial building owner to Rate whole-building energy use with the approved tools and Report this energy use to the city annually.
The reported energy metrics will be publicly disclosed following a two-year grace period.
Follow the reporting steps
Use the resource that is right for you:
- How-to Guide- Provides detailed instructions for Rating & Reporting energy data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.*
- Steps to Submit Your Energy Report - Step-by-step guide to submit the annual energy report to the city.
- First Time Reporting Checklist - A list of the Rating & Reporting compliance steps.
- Reporting Refresher - A refresher on how to report your energy use each year.
- Using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to Comply + the Boulder Building Performance Ordinance
Portfolio Manager trainings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosts a variety of Portfolio Manager trainings each month. All trainings are free and take place online via WebEx. Recordings are also available.
Additional Rating & Reporting Resources
- Rating and Reporting exemptions may be available if a building is unconditioned and unlit; has operated less than a year based on the Certificate of Occupancy; or has proof of financial hardsh
- If you sold your building, how to transfer the building to the new owner in Portfolio Manager.
Tenant Data Collection Worksheets - Worksheets to collect the property details necessary to set up the building in Portfolio Manager for rating and reporting.
*Manufacturing and industrial buildings have alternative tools available for completing annual rating and reporting.
- Deadline extensions may be available. Submit the request online for review.
Complete Energy Assessments
Understanding the Requirement
Every ten years, affected building owners must perform energy assessments that meet or exceed the requirements below per the Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits as published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2018 (Standard 211)and as updated periodically.
Energy Assessment Required Scope
Buildings < 50,000 SF
ASHRAE Level I assessment (Also offered by Xcel Energy, will comply)
Buildings ≥ 50,000 SF
ASHRAE Level II assessment (Not currently offered by a local utility, Xcel Energy audits do not comply)
Find a Qualified Service Provider
Building owners must use a Qualified Service Provider to complete a Level I or Level II energy assessment for compliance purposes.
Choose the Correct Template
Report templates are available that include current ASHRAE requirements and City Manager Rule requirements to ensure compliance with the ordinance. The use of these templates is not required, however they can be a reference to ensure all requirements are included in the report:
*Note: If completing the Level I Energy Assessment through Xcel Energy's Onsite Energy Audit Program, that report will suffice for compliance.
Submit Assessment Report
Submit your energy assessment report to the city through the online Submission Form.
Complete One-Time Lighting Upgrades
Lighting Upgrade Requirements
Affected building owners must complete one-time lighting upgrades that meet specific energy codes for interior and exterior lighting power, controls and sensors as outlined below.
|Lighting Requirement||Code||Code Section|
|Occupancy Sensor Controls||2017 COBECC||C405.2.2.2|
|Time-switch Controls||2017 COBECC||C405.2.2.1|
|Exterior Lighting Controls||2017 COBECC||C405.2.4|
|Interior Lighting - Power||2017 COBECC||C405.5|
|Exterior Lighting - Power||2012 IECC||C405.6|
Find a Qualified Service Provider
Building owners must use a Qualified Service Provider to complete the retrocommissioning study.
Every ten years, affected building owners must perform retrocommissioning, a process that improves the efficiency of existing building operations by “tuning up” and calibrating existing functional systems to run as efficiently as possible through low- or no-cost improvements.
Owners must implement the cost-effective measures (any measure with a payback period of two years or less with rebates) identified through retro-commissioning within two years of the study.
The scope of the requirements depends on the size of the building as shown below.
Buildings < 50,000 SF
Buildings ≥ 50,000 SF
Find a Service Provider
Contact a Provider for Energy Assessment or RxC
The Boulder Building Performance Ordinance requires affected building owners to use qualified service providers to complete energy assessments and retro-commissioning on their buildings.
The List of Qualified Service Provider is a list of service providers that have met the minimum qualifications and completed the online training required to offer energy assessments and retrocommissioning for Building Performance Ordinance compliance.
Find a Pre-Screened Service Provider for Lighting Audits or Upgrades
While building owners may select their own vendor to perform any lighting audits or upgrades, the city has a Pre-Screened Lighting Service Provider List of vendors that are qualified to provide lighting audits and/or upgrades within the City of Boulder.
Become a Qualified Service Provider for Energy Assessments or Retro-commissioning
Understand the Requirements
Service providers looking to offer affected building owners energy assessment and/or retro-comissioning services to comply with the ordinance must be included on the City of Boulder's qualified list.
Complete the Service Provider Training
To be added to the qualified list, service providers must successfully complete and submit the required online training and meet minimum qualifications.
Take the training. This training utilizes Adobe Flash. Make sure Adobe Flash is allowed to run in your web browser’s settings.
Service Provider Training Information
- The online training will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting.
- Upon successful completion, your name and contact information will be added to the qualified list of service providers.
- You must complete all questions and submit your qualifications to complete the training. Failure to complete the submission at the end may require you to take the training again.
- It is suggested you keep a separate tab with the program website open during the course of the training.
- Please note: Information covered in this training is subject to change.
Become a Pre-Screened Lighting Service Provider
Complete the Application
Complete the Pre-Screened Lighting Vendor Application.
Please be prepared to include all relevant certifications and documentations of project completion as part of your application.
Efficiency Requirement Compliance Deadlines
|Affected Buildings||Energy Assessment||Retrocommissioning||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.
Level II Energy Assessment Rebates
Buildings 50,000 sf and larger must provide the capital to complete a Level II assessment. To help offset these costs, the city is offering early adopter incentives for buildings required to complete a Level II energy assessment.
- 2016-2017: Up to 30 percent total cost
- 2018: Up to 20 percent total cost
- Jan 1 - May 1, 2019: Up to 10 percent total cost
Rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis subject to funding availability.
- Obtain project bids and select your service provider.
- Complete the rebate application and attach the service quote from the provider you select. Submit the application and service quote to the city to reserve your rebate funds.
- Complete the Level II energy assessment with the selected service provider.
- Work with the service provider to complete the required reporting to ensure compliance with the Building Performance Ordinance for the energy assessment requirement.
- Submit a copy of the paid invoice to the city and request rebate payment. The city will confirm the required information has been submitted for compliance with the energy assessment requirement and will issue payment of the rebate based on the date and amount of the final invoice.
Owners must use a qualified service provider to complete the Level II energy assessments.
Please view all Terms and Conditions as outlined in the rebate application.
Xcel Energy Retrocommissioning Incentives
Building owners looking to perform retrocommissioning (RCx) on their building can benefit from Xcel Energy's programs.
For buildings < 50,000 sf, Xcel Energy's Building Tune-Up Program requires the owner to pay a set fee to receive the tune-up, currently between $250 and $1,000. Building owners must use Xcel Energy's contractor to participate in this program.
For buildings >= 50,000 sf, Xcel Energy's RCx Study Program covers up to 75 percent of the cost of the study (capped at $25,000). The program requires preapproval but once preapproved, building owners can use any service provider accepted by Xcel Energy.
Remember, building owners must use a qualified service provider for the purpose of complying with the Building Performance Ordinance. If a building owner participates in an Xcel Energy program to comply with RCx, they must ensure the service provider they work with is also listed on the City of Boulder's qualified list.