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Boulder Building Performance Efficiency Requirements

Boulder Building Performance Efficiency Requirements

BUILDING PERFORMANCE ORDINANCE (BPO) UPDATE as of June 10, 2020:

The City of Boulder is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to limit the community spread of COVID-19. Given the current pandemic situation, the city has extended the deadline for compliance with BPO’s Rating and Reporting requirement for buildings sized 20,000 square feet and up.

September 1, 2020 is the new deadline for compliance with BPO’s Rating and Reporting requirement for the January 1 to December 31, 2019 time period. Official Notices of Affected Properties have been mailed.

Efficiency Requirements

The Building Performance Ordinance requires each affected commercial and industrial building owner to implement efficiency actions over a phased timeline. These actions are:

  1. Perform Energy Assessments Every 10 Years
  2. Implement One-time Lighting Upgrades
  3. Perform Retrocommissioning (RCx) Every 10 Years
  4. Implement Cost Effective RCx Measures

Timeline

The efficiency requirements are phased in based on building size with  June 1  deadlines of the year listed below. 

Requirement Existing Buildings ≥ 50,000 sf, New Buildings 1  ≥ 10,000 sf, City Buildings ≥ 5,000 sf Existing Buildings ≥ 30,000 sf Existing Buildings ≥ 20,000 sf
Energy Assessments 2019 2021 2023
Lighting Upgrades 2021 2023 2025
Retrocommissioning 2021 2023 2025
Implement Cost Effective RCx Measures 2023 2025 2027

1 New Construction Buildings are those permitted since January 2014.

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