Denver has a goal for all new buildings achieve net zero energy by 2035, as specified in the 80x50 Climate Action Plan. The City has six code cycles to get to net zero new construction, as illustrated in the graphs at the bottom of this page. In December 2018, shortly after the 80x50 plan was release, a special report from the climate scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told cities that we actually need to achieve Net Zero new construction by 2020 indicating that we need to move as quickly as we can to Net Zero new construction. Read each drop down below for our plan for how to achieve Net Zero new construction.
The City and County of Denver intends to adopt an updated Building and Fire Code in 2019, which will include the 2018 editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The updated base code will be the new minimum standard for all buildings within the City and County of Denver. The code adoption process is as follows:
Denver intends to adopt a more ambitious voluntary “stretch code”, also known as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), alongside the minimum (base) code. The new stretch code will be voluntary and strives to provide incentives for developers who are willing to assist Denver in reaching its climate goals, including net zero energy in new construction by 2035.
Incentives will be key to driving stretch code adoption. In the short term we hope to be able to offer a dedicated reviewer, coordinated review, and expedited review to stretch code projects. Longer term, we are exploring if we might be able to offer greater incentives like density bonuses or property tax reductions.
o Phase 1 Meetings: October 2019
o Phase 2 Meetings: April 2020
o Phase 3 Meetings: July 2020