Stringency: Colorado is a home rule state with a voluntary building code for both residential and commercial construction, with the 2003 IECC as a mandatory minimum for jurisdictions that have adopted a code previously. Jurisdictions that have not adopted or enforced codes are exempt from the 2003 IECC requirement, although the 2012 IECC is mandatory for all factory-built and multi-family structures – commercial and residential – in areas that do not adopt or enforce buildings codes. As of June 2013, 95% of new buildings comply with the 2009 or 2012 IECC standards.
Compliance (2013 Survey Responses):
- Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: The state completed the Colorado Strategic Compliance Plan in November 2011 with the Colorado Energy Code Compliance Collaborative. The Plan looks at state and local policies to improve codes throughout the state, reach out to consumers as well as realtors, appraisers and lenders, and train the relevant parties. This plan incorporates the long term goals of a gap analysis and the specific near term goals of a strategic compliance plan.
- Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: Colorado is currently preparing an evaluation of energy code compliance in the state. It will not be finished until June of this year, but it will provide relevant data to verify compliance. This compliance study is being prepared in conjunction with the Colorado Energy Code Compliance Collaborative, and it will be available on the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) website once finalized.
- Utility Involvement: In conjunction with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Xcel (the state’s largest utility) has supported code compliance though the Building Energy Code Support Pilot. The pilot program is designed to work with local communities to adopt 2009 IECC standards or better and achieve compliance with them. The pilot program incorporates outreach and training, with results expected as early as July 2013. The results of the pilot will help the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decide if a full program can be implemented in the next DSM programming.
- Stakeholder Advisory Group: The Colorado Energy Code Compliance Collaborative is heavily involved in building code compliance. The Collaborative’s mission is to facilitate compliance with local energy codes and to coordinate energy code actions and policies throughout the state. The Collaborative was originally started and supported with funding from BCAP. Now, it is self-supporting and meets on a quarterly basis.
- Training/Outreach: The state actively provides training for appraisers and realtors, two of the most crucial parties in the promotion of building efficiency. In order to respect the home rule status of its counties, Colorado uses market forces to incentivize energy efficiency. CEO has initiated the Appraisal Institute’s Green Valuation Professional Program, and it recently hosted the Appraisal Institute Chair of Education, Sandy Adomatis, to teach the first two green valuation courses. CEO will continue to offer education as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Appraisal Institute – Colorado Chapter and the Colorado Coalition of Appraisers. The MOU promotes educational opportunities and the development of valuation studies to help move the market. CEO has also partnered with U.S. HUD, the U.S. EPA, and other 3rd parties to provide education on energy efficiency in the home buying process to real estate brokers throughout the state. In the next fiscal year, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and CEO will provide code training to government officials, building department personnel, contractors and developers, and architects. The training will explain how to adopt, implement, and comply with codes.
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