City of Boulder's Path to Net Zero Energy - Denver Chapter Event

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This is a recording of a Denver Chapter event, held on February 21, 2019.

Achieving Boulder’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets requires moving the City’s energy code to a Net Zero Energy code by 2031. As a result, the city has developed an energy code roadmap that incrementally increases energy efficiency requirements for residential and commercial structures on a three year cycle. Boulder is in the process of developing the 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code. The new code proposes a Design Target Performance path for commercial projects that will replace the current 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2010 requirement with an Energy Use Index (EUI) Design Target. These targets will be established in the code for typical building types (office, retail, school, medical office, etc). To obtain a permit, projects will need to demonstrate through energy modeling that the proposed design has an EUI less than the established EUI target. Christin will talk about this new Design Target Performance path and the energy modeling protocols required to make it successful. 

Presenter: Christin Whitco has 15 years of experience in mechanical engineering, sustainable consulting, energy modeling, and project management. She serves as the Energy Code Coordinator for the City of Boulder and works closely with both the city’s code officials and the department of Climate Initiatives to ensure long term climate goals and initiatives are supported by current building practices. Boulder has set a goal of reducing its energy-related emissions by 80% by 2050. Adopting, implementing, and enforcing stringent energy codes is the city’s single biggest lever for driving this change.