What is Green Building?

Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.

This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.

Green Building can include anything from buying more efficient appliances to designing your home to take advantage of solar energy to constructing a full-blown straw-bale, adobe-brick or tires-and-recycled-cans earth ship home. There has been an explosion of interest in Green Building as energy costs have risen along with concerns for the environmental impact of human activities. In addition, there are now state and federal tax incentives for using energy-efficient techniques and products. You can also receive rebates from Xcel Energy for solar installation.

How do I get my Green Building project approved?

In general, you will need to hire a licensed Colorado engineer or architect to verify the proposed structure meets all snow and wind loads and is otherwise structurally adequate.

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