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Energize Denver: Energy Efficiency in Large Buildings

Improving building energy efficiency will help protect Denver’s quality of life and strengthen the economy. Investing an estimated $340 million in improving building energy efficiency could result in 4,000 local jobs and $1.3 billion in energy savings over 10 years. The energy used in large buildings results in 57 percent of Denver’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Building energy efficiency is a key component of the City's efforts to achieve Denver's 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050. Energize Denver aims to reduce the energy consumption of large buildings by 10 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.

Denver’s benchmarking ordinance requires owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet to annually benchmark the energy use. The City’s programs also engage tenants to improve energy efficiency of their spaces and provide resources to improve the efficiency of buildings. View the 2017 Annual Report and Appendices


Benchmarking Ordinance

Owners:  Denver's Commercial and Multi-Family Building Benchmarking Ordinance requires you to annually report energy performance  Learn more.

Lease for Efficiency Challenge

Tenants:  Get smart about energy use.  Participate in our Lease for Efficiency Challenge and find resources on how to improve energy efficiency in leased spaces. Learn how tenants can improve their space's energy use and participate in our Challenge.


Building Energy Performance Map

Check out the energy performance ratings of buildings across Denver, similar to MPG ratings for cars or nutrition labels on food. Learn more.     

Resource Center: Increasing a Building's Efficiency

Learn how to improve your building's energy efficiency and explore techical resources and financing options to help you get there. Learn more.