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Denver's Green Building Ordinance

Friday, May 3, 2019  

The Green Roof Ordinance was approved by Denver City Council on October 29, 2018, and went into effect Friday, November 2, 2018. Many thanks goes to Joe Havey, LEED AP, CEM, RPA, FMA, SMA for the significant time and efforts that he put forth in representing BOMA members on the Green Roof Task Force.

The green buildings ordinance applies to the following:

  • New buildings 25,000 square feet or larger
  • Roof permits for existing buildings 25,000 square feet or larger
  • Additions of 25,000 square feet or larger

The ordinance does NOT apply to parking structures, temporary buildings, air-supported structures, greenhouses, single-family homes, duplexes, or dwelling units constructed in a group of three or more attached units, where each unit extends from foundation to roof and is not more than 3 stories above grade plane. 

Partial exemptions for certain residential buildings:

Residential buildings 25,000 square feet or larger that meet the following criteria must meet the ordinance's "cool roof" requirement but are exempt from having to choose a compliance option:

  • It is an EXISTING residential building 5 stories or less OR less than 62.5 feet in height.
  • It is a NEW residential building 5 stories or less AND less than 62.5 feet in height.

Here is a link to the Denver Green Buildings Ordinance.

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