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Denver

Policy Description:

Executive Order No. 123 was signed by Mayor Michael Hancock on March 11, 2013. The order created the Denver Office of Sustainability as well as setting several sustainability policies for the City of Denver. Chapter 2 of the order, "High Performing Green Buildings" requires all new City buildings and major renovations to be LEED Gold Certified and to achieve ENERGY STAR certification after one year of operation if they are ENERGY STAR eligible. Existing City buildings must benchmark their energy use and must certify if they are ENERGY STAR eligible and meet the certification requirements.

 

Enacted Date:
2013
Authority in Charge:
Denver Office of Sustainability
Tool Name:
Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government ALL
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
No
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
No

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Policy Description:

On December 19, 2016 the Denver City Council voted unanimously to approve Bill 16-1231 to enact the Energize Denver Ordinance, requiring annual benchmarking and transparency for commercial and multifamily buildings with a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or larger.

Enacted Date:
2016
Authority in Charge:
The Department of Environmental Health for the City
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2017-06-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2017-06-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2018-06-01
Exemptions:
A) A building that was not occupied and did not have a certificate of occupancy or temporary certificate of occupancy for all 12 months of the calendar year for which benchmarking is required. B) A building that was not occupied, due to renovation, for all 12 months of the calendar year for which benchmarking is required C) A building for which a demolition permit for the entire building has been issued and for which demolition work has commenced on or before the date the benchmarking report is due D) A building that is presently experiencing qualifying financial distress, as defined by any of the following: 1) the building is the subject of a qualified tax lien sale or public auction due to property tax arrearages; 2) the building is controlled by a court appointed receiver; or 3) the building has been acquired by a deed in lieu of foreclosure E) A building that had an average physical occpancy of less than 60 percent throughout the calendar year for which benchmarking is required F) A building that is used primarily for industrial or agricultural processes G) A building for which the Owner can demonstrate that its energy performance is a confidential business practice that includes trade secrets, privileged, or confidential commercial information. In order to qualify for this exemption, the Owner shall specifically identify the information it believes is confidential and provide a written statement describing the manner in which public disclosure would cause substantial harm to the Owner's competitive position. Inefficient energy usage alone will not be considered confidential commercial information.
Number of Buildings Affected:
3,000
Floor Area Affected:
360,000,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Notes:
The energy performance information that must be reported to the Department shall include, at a minimum, a Covered Building's annual energy use intensity, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager score if eligible for a score, greenhouse gas emissions, and any other data fields needed to calculate the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager score for auditing and verification purposes. Owners of Covered Buildings shall not be required to report monthly energy bill data.
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
No

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Description:
In the first compliance year, the City offers a 90-day grace period for non-compliant buildings to report. After the 90-day grace period, non-compliant buildings will be assessed a penalty of $2,000.
Additional Program Information:
Audits:
No
Retrocommissioning:
No
Water Use Tracking:
No