Building Performance Standards

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Building Performance Standards Task Force
Denver downtown office buildings

The Energy Performance for Buildings law directed CEO to appoint and convene a task force to develop recommendations for building performance standards (BPS) to meet sector-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets of 7% by 2026 and 20% by 2030 from a 2021 baseline. Per statute, in developing the recommendations, the BPS Task Force shall:

  • Solicit feedback from a broad range of industries and building owners; 
  • Examine building types of unique energy needs including aviation facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals; 
  • In calculating GHG reductions, the calculation must not include savings from statewide decarbonization of electricity or natural gas utility grids, but may include savings from utilities' or local governments' energy efficiency programs.

The BPS Task Force may consider making recommendations related to: 

  • Workforce availability and development related to building energy performance; 
  • Financial and nonfinancial costs and benefits of upgraded building energy performance; 
  • Availability of programs, technical assistance, and incentives to support building owners, utilities, and local governments; 
  • Opportunities to improve commercial building energy use in Colorado; and 
  • How regulations and agency support could help ensure building owners avoid fines through compliance with performance standards.

The Task Force's recommendations, which must be approved by two-thirds of the Task Force members, are due to the CEO Executive Director on or before October 1, 2022. The Executive Director will then send the recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly and the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), who will write and enact the detailed rules of the BPS by June 1, 2023.

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Public Feedback on BPS Task Force Recommendations

The Colorado Energy Office and the BPS Task Force requested public input on the draft recommendations, including feedback related to all covered buildings/property types and specific programs to support compliance. Please see this presentation for more information and background on the different recommendations. The Colorado Energy Office hosted an online survey to solicit feedback on the recommendations, and also hosted three virtual public meetings. Please see the recordings of the public meetings here.

Please contact Crystal Egelkamp if you have any questions about the Task Force or BPS recommendations. 

CEO issued a press release on September 1, 2021 announcing the members of the Task Force. The following individuals were selected. 

BPS Task Force members

BPS Task Force meetings are scheduled for the last Wednesday afternoon of each month from September 2021 through September 2022. Meetings are open to the public for listening via YouTube Live Stream. We will post agendas and a link to watch and listen prior to each meeting. 

Meeting #1 - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 1 - 3 pm MT

Meeting #2 - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 1 - 3 pm MT

Meeting #3 - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT 

Meeting #3A (Optional Meeting) - Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm MT

Meeting #4 - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT 

Meeting #5 - Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT 

Meeting #6 - Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT 

Meeting #7 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT 

Meeting #7A (Optional Meeting) - Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 1 - 2 pm MT

Meeting #8  - Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT

Meeting #8A (Optional Meeting) - Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 1 - 2 pm MT

Meeting #9 - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT

Meeting #9A (Optional Meeting) - Wednesday, June 8 from 1 - 2 pm MT

Meeting #10 - Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT

Meeting #11 - Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT

Meeting #12 - Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 1 - 3:30 pm MT