New Study Finds Colorado Energy Policy Discourages All-Electric Buildings Despite Lower Upfront Costs

A report commissioned by Community Energy, Inc. and prepared by Group 14 Engineering, finds that the upfront cost to build new residential buildings with all-electric space and water heating is roughly 25 percent less expensive than comparable equipment powered by natural gas. Similar, but smaller percentage savings arise for new all-electric commercial buildings. …


City Proposes Equity Driven Community Solar Garden Project

The City and County of Denver is partnering with McKinstry, a national construction and energy services firm, to install, build and maintain up to 15 MW of community solar gardens on municipal rooftops, over parking lots, and on vacant land. As part of the Renewable Denver Initiative, this project will propel the City even closer to reaching …


National Western Center to Source Recycled Thermal Energy to Meet Clean Energy Goals

In pursuit of its long-term goal of becoming a net-zero energy campus, the future National Western Center announced this week that it will source nearly 90 percent of its heating and cooling from an underground sewer pipeline — a recycled source of thermal energy — through an agreement with EAS Energy …


Stantec Designs Net-Zero Denver Water Admin Facility

Denver Water, Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility, recently opened its new six-story, 186,000-square-foot administration building, the central focus of its 35-acre operations complex. Global integrated design firm, Stantec, designed the building to both LEED Platinum and Net-Zero Energy standards as part of the public agency’s multiphase modernization project. The …


Water Conservation and Sustainability Initiative Launches at Centerra

McWhinney, a master-planned developer and investment firm, has launched an official Water Conservation and Sustainability Initiative for its Centerra community in collaboration with environmental nonprofit High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), to enhance water conservation and sustainable practices in northern Colorado. Over the course of the next year, Centerra, HPEC and local community stakeholders including the …


BREAKING: Phase II of Boulder Commons to Implement Unique Wastewater Energy System to Meet Net-Zero Energy Target

SHARC International Systems Inc. announced today that it will implement its innovative wastewater energy system at 3200 Bluff Street, the second phase of Morgan Creek Ventures (MCV) larger mixed-use Boulder Commons development. The SHARC Energy system, called PIRANHA™, will help the two-building, 98,000-square-foot development achieve its Net-Zero-Energy (“NZE”) and Net Zero Carbon goals by …

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KTGY Architecture + Planning Receives 2020 Gold Nugget Award for Littleton Project

The 57th Annual Gold Nugget Awards were held virtually on July 24, to honor top innovators in design, planning and development. International architecture firm, KTGY Architecture + Planning, was recognized in 13 different categories receiving 15 awards. The award program honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout …


USGBC Helps Cities and Communities Better Prepare for Pandemic Events

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released two new Safety First pilot credits as part of the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. The new credits are designed to help local governments and development authorities better prepare for and respond to future pandemic events. The guidance includes strategies for …


Snowmass Resort Receives LEED Certification

The OZ Architecture designed Limelight Hotel in Aspen, Snowmass dubbed the “living room” of Snowmass, has given Snowmass Base Village the anchoring hotel and outdoor community gathering space it long needed. Earlier this year, the 99- room hotel joined the impressive list of buildings OZ has designed that meet the stringent standards of …


McKinstry, Denver Public Schools Launch Energy Performance Contract Project

McKinstry and Denver Public Schools, in consultation with the Colorado Energy Office, have started work on an Energy Performance Contract project to upgrade 27 schools in the district — totaling more than 3.8 million square feet — to improve the learning environment, address maintenance challenges, reduce utility costs through efficiency improvements, …