Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program - Boulder, Colorado Municipal Code Chapter 7.5, Ordinance 7565

Boulder, Colorado’s municipal building code integrated Ordinance 7565 (Green Building and Green Points Program), which was adopted by Boulder City Council on Nov. 13, 2007 and went into effect on Feb. 1, 2008. The Boulder Green Points Building Program was the nation’s first mandatory residential green building program that requires a builder or homeowner to include a minimum amount of sustainable building components based on the size of the proposed structure. 

Building permit applicants under the ordinance were required to earn "green points" according to a schedule based on house size. The program awards points for a menu of sustainable building practices - encouraging the use of sustainable remodeling and building methods and technologies to conserve energy, water and other natural resources. The Green Points Program applied to all new residential construction, additions, and remodels larger than 500 square feet.

“Green points” are generated from adaptive strategies/sustainable practices in landscaping, shading of hardscape (trees), surface water management, high efficiency irrigation, waste management and building rehabilitation. For example, preserving existing mature trees on site earns one point per tree, up to a maximum of five points.

Points are also awarded for stormwater management practices, such as installing permeable surfaces. The number of points earned is based on the percentage of the site that is permeable, up to four points for a site that is 100% permeable.  Applicants must reach a certain number of points (depending on type of project and square footage) in order for the project to be permitted.


Publication Date: February 1, 2008

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