2022 Building and Fire Code and Denver Green Code Adoption Process

Overview

The City and County of Denver is adopting a new building and fire code, which will incorporate the following 2021 series of international codes, as well as advance the voluntary 2019 Denver Green Code. The city will consider amendments to the 2021 international codes to ensure they work for Denver’s specific climate and context. We will also take a hard look at our existing Denver amendments with the goal of eliminating unnecessary sections, jargon, and complexity.

  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • International Residential Code (IRC)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • International Fire Code (IFC)
  • Denver Green Code (DGC)

Timeline

  1. In April 2021, city staff began identifying differences between the 2019 Denver Building and Fire Code, including the Denver Green Code, and the 2021 international codes listed above. Click "List of Code Amendment Proposals" above to view these differences. 
  2. In May 2021, working groups met to discuss and develop ideas and concepts to help Denver raise the bar on energy performance requirements as well as holistic sustainability. Click "Working Groups" above to view meeting recordings and notes.
  3. From May-July 2021, we accepted formal code amendment proposals from the public.
  4. In January 2022, technical advisory committees will meet to consider code amendment proposals.  
  5. In the summer of 2022, the final proposed Denver Building and Fire Code and voluntary Denver Green Code will be available for public review and will begin moving through the legislative process.

Review Proposed Amendments

All city code adoptions are a public process. The period to propose an amendment for the 2022 Building and Fire Code was from May-July, 2021. Each proposal received has been published below. These will be considered and voted upon by technical advisory committees before being included in the final code draft. View committee information, including meeting dates and agendas.

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Amendment proposals that will be considered (by code section):

Denver Amendments (DBC or DBCA)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Building Code (IBC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Existing Building Code (IEBC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Fire Code (IFC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Residential Code (IRC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Mechanical Code (IMC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Plumbing Code (IPC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

Denver Green Code (DGC)

Proposals will be published here once checked for completeness and clarity.

Technical Advisory Committee Meetings

Community Planning and Development formed six technical advisory (code) committees consisting of city staff and industry experts to evaluate the new codes and proposed amendments. Below you will find the following information, meeting dates, registration links, agendas, meeting minutes, and a list of committee members. 

Meeting Information

International Building & International Existing Building Code (IBC, IEBC) Hearings
Meeting Date & Time Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
Jan. 25, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 15, 2-5 p.m.

March 15, 2-5 p.m.

April 12, 2-5 p.m.

Register for this series of code hearings

 

International Fire Code (IFC) Hearings
Meeting Date & Time Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
Feb. 2, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2-5 p.m.

March 16, 2-5 p.m.

April 13, 2-5 p.m.

Register for this series of code hearings

 

International Residential Code (IRC) Hearings
Meeting Date & Time Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
Feb. 1, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 22, 2-5 p.m.

March 22, 2-5 p.m.

April 19, 2-5 p.m.

Register for this series of code hearings

 

International Mechanical, Plumbing, & Fuel Gas Code (IMC, IPC, IFGC) Hearings
Meeting Date & Time Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
April 20, 2-5 p.m.

May 4, 2-5 p.m.

Register for this series of code hearings

 

International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) & Denver Green Code Energy Chapters (4 & 7) Hearings
Meeting Date & Time Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
Jan. 27, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 10, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 24, 2-5 p.m.

March 3, 2-5 p.m.

March 17, 2-5 p.m.

March 31, 2-5 p.m.

April 14, 2-5 p.m.

April 28, 2-5 p.m.

May 12, 2-5 p.m.

Register for this series of code hearings

 

Denver Green Code (DGC) Hearings (Non-Energy Chapters)
Meeting Date & Time Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
Feb. 3, 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 17, 2-5 p.m.

March 24, 2-5 p.m.

April 7, 2-5 p.m.

April 21, 2-5 p.m.

May 5, 2-5 p.m.

Register for this series of code hearings

Committee Members

International Building / Existing Building Codes (IBC, IEBC)

Name Company/Organization/Industry
Aaron Tweedie Tres Birds Workshop
Austin Reese Jirsa Hedrick Structural Engineers
Brian Parr GE Johnson Construction Company
David Carnicelli Stantec
David Renn City and County of Denver
David Thorpe Silverwest Hotels
Gary Moore City and County of Denver
Juan Pasillas City and County of Denver, non-voting member
Julie Brown Coffman Engineers, Inc.
Keith Peetz City and County of Denver
Paul Schultz OZ Architecture
Stephen Rondinelli Rondinelli Life Safety
Steve Thomas Shums Coda Associates
Tony Caro City and Country of Denver
Yvette Roman Denver Metro Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) & Turner Construction

International Fire Code (IFC)

Name Company/Organization/Industry
Aaron Foy BLVD Builders, LLC
Brad Emerick City and County of Denver
Brian Kannady ME Engineers
Brian Parr GE Johnson Construction Company
Cory DeBaere City and County of Denver
Craig Johnson CBRE, Denver Metro Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), & Building Operators Association of Colorado (BOAC) Denver Board president
David Kahn City and County of Denver
George McNeill Meridian Fire & Security, LLC
Greg Forge Brookfield Properties & Denver Metro Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) partner
Jaclyn Gorman Denver Water
Michael Passas MDP Engineering Group
Robert Merlino Colorado Fire Protection Association & Western States Fire Protection
Russell Mack Holt OTIS Elevator Company
Stephen Rondinelli Rondinelli Life Safety
Tony Caro City and County of Denver
Wayne R Griswold TERPconsulting

International Residential Code (IRC)

Name Company/Organization/Industry
Adam Przeszlowski Structural Engineer
Austin Krcmarik Denver Water
Brian Jacobs City and County of Denver
Casey Vesque City and County of Denver
David Lawrence Berton RealArchitecture Ltd.
Jeff Tejral City and County of Denver
Kate Hilberg Habitat for Humanity
Kyle Jackson Structural Engineer
Mark Hanlon BLVD Builders, LLC & Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metro Denver representative
Paul Wisniewski City and County of Denver

International Mechanical / Plumbing / Fuel Gas Codes (IMC, IPC, IFGC)

Name Company/Organization/Industry
Austin Krcmarik Denver Water
Brian Kannady ME Engineers
Chuck Bartel City and County of Denver
Danny Boncich City and County of Denver
Frank Gonzales City and County of Denver
Gary Cardenas Denver Metro Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) & Hines
Jeff Tejral City and County of Denver
Louis Jugert City and County of Denver
Mark Jelinske RMH Group, Inc.
Matt Edwards ME Engineers
Michael Passas MDP Engineering Group

International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) + DGC Energy Chapters

Name Company/Organization/Industry
Aaron Esselink Xcel Energy
Adam Lyons City and County of Denver
Allen Yanong City and County of Denver
Antonio Navarra City and County of Denver
Bill Rectanus Thrive Home Builders
Bryan Kazin Kazin & Associates, Inc.
Carol Pafford City and County of Denver
Chris Parr Zocalo Community Development
Christy Collins City and County of Denver
Chuck Bartel City and County of Denver
Chuck Kutscher National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Courtney Anderson City and County of Denver
Curtis Underwood Saunders Construction 
Elizabeth Gillmor Energetics Consulting Engineers, LLC
Eric Browning City and County of Denver
Jamy Bacchus ME Engineers
Jeff Crowe Pie Consulting & Engineering
John Burns Stantec
Ken Urbanek IMEG Corp.
Linda Morrison Ambient Energy
Mark Rodriguez Sunrun
Mike Walton City and County of Denver
Nate Huyler Studio Completiva, Inc.
Nathan Kahre EnergyLogic, Inc.
Paul Schaffer City and County of Denver
Shanti Pless National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Denver Green Code (DGC) Non-Energy Chapters

Name Company/Organization/Industry
Adam Meltzer CannonDesign
Austin Krcmarik Denver Water
Cheryl Hoffman Hensel Phelps
Chris Gorham Hines, non-voting member
Christy Collins City and County of Denver
Courtney Anderson City and County of Denver
Daniel Krausz City and County of Denver
Darcie O'Connor Chinnis HLB Lighting Design
Don Larsen McWHINNEY
Eric Browning City and County of Denver
Eric Entlich Continuum Partners, LLC
Jason Crowell Denver Metro Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) & Hines
Jeff Tejral City and County of Denver
Jonathan Fertig Davis Partnership Architects
Josh Radoff CU Boulder, Renewable and Sustainability Energy Specialization
Keith Fox City and County of Denver
Laura London Ovintiv
Paul Hutton Cuningham Group
Renee Azerbegi Ambient Energy
Tom Hootman Form & Flow
Travis Hendrix KGA Studio Architects & Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metro Denver

Working Groups

The City and County of Denver created two working groups, that included city staff and community subject matter experts, to consider updates to energy and holistic sustainability requirements in Denver's building codes and regulations. Broad and diverse perspectives from across Denver’s neighborhoods are essential to ensuring that these updates represent and serve the values and priorities that make Denver unique and wonderful. 

We hosted a series of targeted working group discussions that were focused around two themes: 

  1. Raising the bar on energy performance, and
  2. Defining holistic sustainability priorities and ideas beyond those related to energy.
Energy Performance Holistic Sustainability

May 25 (commercial):

Watch a recording of the meeting

May 26:

Watch a recording of the meeting

June 1 (residential):

Watch a recording of the meeting

June 2:

Watch a recording of the meeting

June 8:

Watch a recording of the meeting

June 9:

Watch a recording of the meeting