On November 24, 2012

Boulder Green Points Program: A Model To Follow?

ASAP ROOFING is always looking for ways to make residential roofing more sustainable. Every year, catastrophic storms create enormous piles of damaged asphalt shingles that end up in our landfills. Denver, CO has always been on the forefront of environmentally friendly building practices.

The team at ASAP ROOFING has recognized that Boulder, CO has some of the most environmentally sound regulations in the nation. The city of Boulder has taken an innovative approach to sustainability. Called the “Green Points Program”, the November 13, 2007 City Ordinance (Ordinance 7565) is simple: if you don’t earn enough green points, you don’t get a building permit.

Applied to professional home builders as well as amateur home repairmen, the ordinance requires sustainable building choices that conserve energy, water and natural resources to be made before building permits will be issued for any new home construction, home remodel, or addition larger than 500 feet.

By taking a progressive approach to preservation of the environment, the Boulder Green Points program makes use of the home energy rating system (HERS), and encourages all homeowners to consider an energy audit on their home.

But beyond simply an audit, the city of Boulder provides resources for those in the building business on energy conservation, green building materials, environmentally sound de-construction, and sustainable landscaping.

The City of Boulder also regularly updates its construction codes to advance green building standards and sustainable development practices, and reflect the additional concerns of safety and cost. Here is a summary of the latest changes:

Energy Efficiency Standards have been updated above the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Requirements vary according to size.

Building projects requiring a demolition permit and are classified as “entire structure” demolition will need to complete a Deconstruction/Construction Waste Recycling Plan before a permit is issued. This requirement may also apply to remodels and scrape-offs.

Council adopted Ordinance No. 7621 amending the Green Building and Green Points Program. This ordinance added requirements related to energy efficiency thresholds for remodels and additions, demolition, boilers and windows.

Council adopted Ordinances 76207622and 7623 to increase energy efficiency in commercial construction and residential remodels and additions. This Council action also involved amending the “Building Code” to adopt minor changes related to the expiration of permits, and adopting the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) with minor local amendments.

Council adopted two new ordinances as part of the proposed changes to the Green Points Program, Ordinance No. 7565, which were added to the B.R.C. and became active on Feb. 1, 2008.  Along with the adoption of the Green Points ordinances, the following building codes were adopted by Ordinance No. 7566, locally amended on Oct. 30, 2007 and went into effect on Jan. 2, 2008.

Like the city of Boulder, sustainability and green building practices are at the forefront for ASAP ROOFING, and recognizing that that sustainability is also of paramount importance to its customers; ASAP ROOFING regularly researches the latest in green roofing materials, techniques and trends.

While the city of Denver and the city of Aurora have not yet adopted Ordinance 7565, you can take an important step in preserving the environment — just contact an ASAP ROOFING specialist and they will be happy to discuss with you how to make your roof “greener”.

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Written by Nick Dorotik



Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.


For more information about ASAP ROOFING, visit http://asaproofing.com/



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