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Getting Uncomfortable with Sustainability

By Drew Allen, AIA, project architect at Perkins + Will and chair of the AIA Colorado Member Voice Committee What does a sustainable building look like? Solar panels, green walls, LED lightbulbs, and plenty of recycling and compost bins probably come to mind. At this point, these strategies are effective and often common …

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Green Buildings Play Pivotal Role in Climate Action, says USGBC

Our buildings – schools, offices, grocery stores and more – are responsible for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions today. Green buildings, like those that are LEED certified, are vital to addressing U.S. emissions, but only 11 percent of people associate green buildings with the environment and being green, according …

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Denver Pursues New Building and Fire Code

DENVER — A new public process to adopt an updated building and fire code, which will include a voluntary “green construction code,” is underway for the first time in Denver’s history. “Code development has broad-reaching impacts, from our local design and construction community to the people who will live in …

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New Zero Energy Ready Community Coming to Pueblo

PUEBLO — Sprout Tiny Homes, Inc., an industry leader in designing, manufacturing, and developing state-of-the-art Zero Energy ready homes, has successfully closed on the purchase of Phase 1A totaling 54.13 acres of land in North Vista Highlands, a new zero energy ready residential community in Pueblo that will include some commercial …

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AIA Colorado Materials Matter Series Kicks off in Denver

By Liz Gibbons Hosted across the country from Portland to Philadelphia, the AIA Materials Matter series kicked off in Denver last Friday. The series empowers architects to become advocates for materials transparency and design healthier, greener buildings. The first session challenged architects to do more with less and have a …

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Colorado Ranks Sixth in U.S. for LEED Green Building in 2018

DENVER — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Colorado came in at number six on the list, which ranks states based on the number of LEED …

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Iconic Union Station Office Building Awarded LEED Platinum

DENVER – 16 Chestnut building in the Union Station neighborhood has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. Developed by East West Partners, a Denver-based developer devoted to building, selling, managing and supporting high-quality real estate, in partnership with global real estate investment manager Invesco Real Estate, 16 Chestnut is only the third …

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SunShare to Build Six New Community Solar Gardens in Colorado

DENVER — Following the announcement of Xcel Energy’s landmark commitment to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050, SunShare, one of the largest and most experienced community solar companies in the country, has been awarded six new community solar gardens by Xcel totaling 12 MWdc. The six community solar gardens will service approximately 2,600 …

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Xcel Energy Aims for Zero-Carbon Electricity by 2050

DENVER — Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility, announced on Tuesday, its ambitious goal to deliver 100 percent carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. As part of this vision, the company also plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels in the eight states it serves. “This …

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Denver City Council Unanimously Passes New and Improved Green Buildings Ordinance

DENVER— On Monday night, City Council passed a green buildings ordinanceto replace the green roofs initiative approved by voters in November 2017. The new law was carefully designed to honor the will of the voters who called for more sustainable development in Denver, while fixing the legal and practical challenges of …

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