Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center
Healthy, High Performance School Facilities:
Developments in State Policy
Citation: Colorado Revised Statutes §§ 24-30-1301, 1305 (2007 Co. Senate Bill 07-051)
Effective: September 2007
This law establishes green building requirements for state agencies controlling the construction or substantial renovation of facilities that are at least 5,000 square feet and that receive state funding equal to at least 25% of the project cost. Covered projects must use a state-approved high performance building rating system and must achieve the highest rating that can be attained with a 15-year payback of any increased initial costs. The law also requires completed projects to report annually to the state on building performance on utility consumption.
The law directs the Office of the State Architect to adopt a rating system and provides general criteria for doing so, but does not specify the rating system. The Office of the State Architect updated its High Performance Certification Program policy in February 2010 to implement the law. [See generally http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DPA-EO/DEO/1251570153220.] The policy establishes LEED-NC as the required guideline generally (with LEED Gold as the targeted certification level for the High Performance Certification Program), but provides that the Colorado Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CO-CHPS) is an optional guideline for the K-12 school construction program, with CO-CHPS Verified Leader as the targeted certification level for the High Performance Certification Program.
A separate law enacted in 2013 requires that all schools receiving state operating funds ensure that "each project for a new or substantially renovated building or structure is submitted to or verified by the highest energy efficiency standards practicable" (Co. Rev. Stat. § 22-32-124.3).