The Energize Denver Performance Requirements were passed by the Denver City Council on November 22nd, 2021 and are based on recommendations from the Energize Denver Task Force.
Energize Denver Task Force Recommendations
Energize Denver Ordinance(PDF, 985KB)
Energize Denver Rules and Regulations(PDF, 522KB)
The Energize Denver Performance Requirements began with the formation of the Energize Denver Task Force. The City charged this diverse group with designing a building performance policy for Denver that improves health and equity, creates jobs, and brings existing buildings to net zero energy by 2040. The group reached full consensus on their recommendations to the City. The task force included representatives of offices, apartments, condos, warehouses, hotels, Xcel Energy, energy producers, affordable housing, tenant and non-profit experts, labor unions, and environment and clean energy experts. They started their process by setting guiding principles for the outcomes of their work including that it be equitable, implementable, effective, flexible, and achieve eager compliance. They met 8 times over 8 months. They built on best practices and lessons learned from other cities. They engaged with their own communities to get input on their work, and collected broader input from the community.
Using the recommendations given by the task force, the Energize Denver performance requirements were created as a bold yet practical way to move Denver and its built environment forward in its climate goals.