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Green Building Program

The City's Green Building Program is based on principles and practices that reduce impacts from the built environment on human health and the natural environment. The City of Fort Collins' Roadmap for Coordinated and Enhanced Green Building Services, written in 2007, outlined several strategies to make green building a cornerstone of construction and renovation in the community. In 2012, the Building Code – Green Amendments became effective which established energy efficiency requirements and other sustainable practices for residential and commercial buildings. This year, staff have completed an update to the 2007 Roadmap and are focusing on enhancements to the program that apply to the entire built environment.

See Building Code-Green Amendments

What is a Green Built Environment?

  • Buildings: structures designed or retrofitted to maximize energy efficiency, minimize water use and waste generation, and use sustainable materials
  • Site: development that incorporates on-site energy generation, food production, composting, water treatment, and other restorative or regenerative features
  • Transportation: infrastructure that supports alternative (non-fossil fuel based) vehicles, fuels, and modes of transportation
  • Energy: infrastructure that supports generation and transmission of renewable energy
  • Water: practices that manage stormwater with vegetation, soils, and permeable surfaces and site design that minimizes water use
  • Green Space: areas for recreation, food production, water storage and treatment, natural systems and ecosystem health
  • Sustainable Development: land use and master planning that incorporates green building principles and provides for sustainable management of resources

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Residential Code Green Building Amendments

Existing Fort Collins building codes include many elements that support green building. The building code green amendments represent next steps along the path of integrating green building practices into mainstream construction.

The amendments apply to single-family detached housing, duplexes, townhomes and low-rise (one to three story) multifamily housing.

For in-depth descriptions of each individual practice in the package, visit Residential Package At-a-Glance (PDF)

For in-depth descriptions of each individual practice in the package, visit Building Code Green Amendments

Green Your Home Programs and Services

People spend approximately 90% of their time indoors; much of it in their homes.

The City of Fort Collins' Green Building Program supports a more ecologically sound approach to building practices for new homes and reductions in energy and water consumption for new and existing homes. Construction, on-going maintenance and month-to-month energy and water use by homes have a tremendous impact on our natural resources and surrounding environment.

Good News: While the typical Fort Collins family spends more than $1,100 a year on home utility bills, it is also common to cut expenses by up to 30% by greening your home.

Learn more about Healthy Sustainable Homes

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Commercial Code Green Building Amendments

Existing Fort Collins building codes include many elements that support green building. The building code green amendments represent next steps along the path of integrating green building practices into mainstream construction.

The amendments apply to commercial buildings and high-rise (four-story and more) multifamily housing.

Commercial Package At-a-Glance (PDF)

For in-depth descriptions of each individual practice in the package, visit Commercial Building Code Green Amendments

Building Efficiency Program

Integrated Design Assistance

The Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP) offers financial incentives and free technical support to those interested in delivering high-performance buildings that exceed building code requirements for energy performance. More info on Integrated Design Assistance Program

Environmental Rebates

Resources

Contact Information

Mike Gebo
Chief Building Official
Community Development & Neighborhood Services

970-416-2618

Melissa Hovey
Sr. Environmental Planner - Air Quality
Environmental Services Department

970-221-6813