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Fort Collins - Green Building Requirement for City-Owned Buildings   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/30/2014
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Local Government
Goal:LEED Gold certification for all new City-owned buildings of 5,000 square feet or more
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Date Effective:
City Council Resolution 2006-096

The City Council of Fort Collins passed a resolution in September 2006 establishing green building goals for new city-owned buildings of 5,000 square feet or more. New buildings must be designed and constructed to achieve US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification, and existing buildings are to use the LEED standard as a guide for sustainable operation and maintenance, though no specific requirements are established.

To control the construction and design costs associated with new buildings meeting this standard, the goal of Gold can be reduced to Silver for projects where the payback period for earning Gold certification is ten years longer than that for achieving Silver. Also, for projects jointly funded by the city and other organizations, this requirement may be waived by the City Manager. 

  Public Information Officer
The City of Fort Collins
Green Building Program
281 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 221-6750
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