The buildings where we live and work present a massive untapped opportunity for energy cost savings, economic development and reductions in greenhouse gas pollution. The goal of the Denver City Energy Project is to unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings and 800,000 metric tons of GHG emission reductions, the equivalent of 73,000 homes energy use for one year.
The first step in improving energy performance is to measure it. Benchmark your building using ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager tool and then share your score with the city to enroll in the Denver City Energy Project. The city is leading by example by benchmarking over 7 million square feet of its own buildings and committing to cutting their energy use 20% by 2020. Printable summary of project and enrollment
The Denver City Energy Project launched on October 28, 2014! Press Release
The Denver City Energy Project will help the citizens and businesses of Denver:
Save Money. Buildings use a lot of energy, so utility bills are a significant cost for owners and tenants. An estimated $340 million of potential investment in energy efficiency could yield $1.3 billion in energy savings.
Stay Competitive. Not only would the potential investment in energy efficiency create 4,000 jobs in Denver. Energy efficient buildings will make Denver an even more attractive place to do business. Tenants are starting to look for efficient buildings because they are cost effective, more comfortable, and in line with corporate sustainability initiatives. Today efficient buildings already have occupancy rates that are 1-18% higher than their standard counterparts.
Do Denver’s Part for the Climate. Over 64% of Denver’s carbon emissions come from commercial and multi-family buildings. The Denver City Energy Project aims to cut that by 18%.
Through meaningful engagement of stakeholders we are working on the details of how to meet these goals.
1 "United States Building Efficiency Retrofits: Market Sizing and Financing Models." Rockefeller Foundation and Deutsche Bank Group. March 2012. Numbers scaled to City and County of Denver.
2 "Assessing the Value of Green Buildings". Insitute for Building Efficiency. Johnson Controls.
3. 64% is based on Denver's core emissions, which are those which the City has the greatest opportunity to influence. If expanded emissions such as those associated with food and air travel are included then the percentage of total emissions attributable to buildings is lower.
The first step in improving energy performance is to measure it. Step on the ENERGY STAR scale to benchmark your building - and share the resulting Portfolio Manager score or EUI of your building with the city.
In exchange we will:
- Put your building on the list of enrolled buildings or interactive map (under development).
- Give you engaging information to share with your tenants telling them you’ve enrolled and what they can do to help improve the building’s performance even further (under development).
- Use the data we collect to inform the design of additional building efficiency programs. (The city really needs your help here! We have very little data on how different types of buildings are performing today. Its like trying to solve the childhood obesity epidemic when we only know their total weight. If you don’t want us to share your building’s score or EUI publically you will have that option. The DCEP Portfolio Manager account is privately owned and managed to ensure your privacy upon request)
These building owners, managers and operators have all taken the most fundamental first step to good energy performance. They have benchmarked their performance using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and shared the resulting score or EUI with the city. We thank these buildings for helping Denver unlock the value of building efficiency! (Soon the list will be clickable with more information about each building.)
|Street Address ||Building Name |
|1001 17th Street ||1001-17th Street |
|10375 E. Harvard Avenue || |
One Denver Highlands
|1099 18th Street ||Granite Tower |
|1125 17th Street ||1125 Seventeenth Street |
|1200 Broadway ||History Colorado Center |
|1200 N Federal Blvd ||Richard T. Castro Building |
|1201 Larimer St ||Academic Building 1 |
|1290 Broadway ||1290 Broadway |
|1300 Broadway ||Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center |
|1313 Sherman St. ||Department of Personnel and Administration |
|1325 East 16th Avenue ||Group14 Engineering (A.K.A. Enermodal Engineering Inc.) |
|1380 Lawrence Street ||Lawrence Street Center |
|1400 16th Street ||16 Market Square |
|1400 Lafayette St. ||First Unitarian Society of Denver |
|1400 Wewatta and 1401 Wynkoop ||Wewatta Wynkoop |
|1475 Lawrence St ||Business School |
|1499 Blake Street ||Palace Lofts Condominium |
|151 Detroit St ||151 Detroit St |
|1515 Wynkoop ||1515 Wynkoop |
|1521-1523 15th Street ||Todd Architecture |
|1536 Wynkoop St ||Alliance Center |
|1570 Grant St. ||Health Care Policy and Financing Office |
|1670 Broadway ||1670 Broadway |
|1672 Lawrence Street ||The Westin Denver Downtown |
|1700 Broadway ||1700 Broadway (Formerly the "Mile High Center") |
|1710 Williams ||Thomas Connole Apartments |
|1800 Larimer Street ||1800 Larimer |
|18605 E. 48th Ave. ||King Soopers Store #083 - Green Valley Town Ranch Center |
|1900 16th Street ||1900 Sixteenth Street |
|1999 Broadway ||1999 Broadway |
|201 W Colfax Avenue ||Wellington Webb Bldg |
|210 University Blvd. Suite 101 ||210 University |
|2750 S. Colorado Blvd. ||King Soopers Store #072 - Denver |
|2791 W. 52nd Avenue ||Aria Apartments |
|2810 Quebec St. ||King Soopers Store #093 - East 29th Avenue Town Center |
|321 17th Street ||The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa |
|3815 Steele St ||Eastside Human Services |
|3900 Lima Street ||Denver CO G25A |
|444 Sherman Street ||American Red Cross - Mile High Chapter |
|4495 Jason St ||Parks Maintenance - Jason |
|4545 Airport Way ||Prologis Denver Operational HQ |
|4600 S. Ulster Street ||Metropoint 1 |
|4600 South Syracuse Street ||4600 South Syracuse |
|4610 S. Ulster Street ||Metropoint 2 |
|4685 Peoria St ||Arie P. Taylor Municipal Center |
|4949 S. Syracuse ||4949 |
|500 16th Street ||Denver Pavilions |
|5075 South Syracuse Street ||RE/MAX, LLC |
|5125 West Florida ||King Soopers Store #007 - Denver |
|520 W Colfax Ave ||Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse |
|600 Grant St. ||Governors Center II |
|6470 E. Hampden Ave. ||King Soopers Store #026 - Denver |
|655 South Monaco Parkway ||George Washington High School |
|7901 E. Lowry Blvd ||Quad at Lowry IV |
|8055 E. Tufts Ave. Suite 150 ||Stanford Place One |
|825 S. Colorado Blvd. ||King Soopers Store #021 - Denver |
|890 S. Monaco Parkway ||King Soopers Store #035 - Denver |
Case studies illustrate both the value of benchmarking as well as the steps building owners and managers are taking to improve their scores and become more energy efficient. If you’re interested in having your building featured as a case study please contact us at email@example.com.
IECC 2015 Energy Codes Forum
Denver Community Planning and Development Department, with support from the Denver Department of Environmental Health, is hosting a free forum for builders, design professionals, contractors and others to learn about and discuss the requirements of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in advance of Denver’s upcoming move to the 2015 set of international codes.
December 3, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 200 W. 14th Ave, Denver – Grand Mesa Ballroom
Portfolio Manager 101, How to Benchmark: Felix Flechas, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Engineering
Learn why and how to track the energy performance of your building using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Learn about:
- How the tool can help with building management
- How to benchmark using the tool
- Data needed to get an accurate score
- How to interpret your results
No experience using Portfolio Manager is needed before this training. This training will be offered at the following time:
December 9th, 8:30-10am, 200 W. 14th Ave. Suite 200, Denver, CO 80204. Coffee and pastries will be provided. Registration required.
Xcel’s Energy Efficiency Incentives: Bob Macauley, Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy offers a variety of energy savings solutions through their suite of over 25 electric and gas efficiency programs. These programs will help you increase your energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and improve your bottom line. The most common question asked is “Where do I start?”. At this workshop Xcel will review the best first steps for taking advantage of all their energy savings programs. This training will be offered at the following three times:
- December 11th 12:00-1:30pm, Wellington Webb Building, 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver CO 80202, Room 4.i.5 (4th Floor). Lunch will be provided. Registration required.
- January 22th, 7:30-9am, Wellington Webb Building, 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver Co 80202, Room 4.F.6 (4th Floor), Coffee and pastry’s will be provided. Registration required.
- February 19th, 8:30-10, Wellington Webb Building, 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver Co 80202, Room 4.F.6 (4th Floor), Coffee and pastry’s will be provided. Registration required.
The city is leading by example by committing over 7 million square feet of City buildings to reduce energy use 20% by 2020 as part of the Better Buildings Challenge. Energy use in those buildings is benchmarked and entered into ENERGY STAR to track and compare against other buildings in the database.