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25,000 Square Feet and Denver’s Green Buildings Ordinance

On October 29, 2018, Denver’s Green Buildings Ordinance was approved by the Denver City Council. The ordinance later took effect on November 2 of the same year. The new ordinance is a stark departure from traditional building codes and asks contractors to take it upon themselves to help cultivate a more sustainable city. To help get construction professionals up to speed, our Denver construction lawyers are breaking down five important facts about Denver’s Green Buildings Ordinance.

We’ve reviewed the twenty-page ordinance and picked out the most important facts to help you maintain compliance while adding to the Mile-High City’s already stunning skyline. Remember, for all of your construction-related legal needs, including bond law, lien law, alternative dispute resolution, and more, consult a Denver construction lawyer from Cotney Construction Law.

Why 25,000 Is a Significant Number

The green buildings ordinance applies to any new buildings 25,000 square feet or larger, roof permits for existing buildings 25,000 square feet or larger, and additions of 25,000 square feet or larger. In other words, if the number 25,000 (or a number greater than this) pop ups during planning, it’s time to consult a Denver construction attorney to ensure that you maintain compliance with the green buildings ordinance. 

Exceptions to the 25,000 Rule

That said, there are many exceptions to this rule. Right now, the green buildings ordinance does not apply to any of the following:

  • Parking Structures
  • Temporary Buildings
  • Air-Supported Structures
  • Greenhouses
  • Single-Family Homes
  • Duplexes

Additionally, it doesn’t apply to dwelling units that have been constructed together with three or more attached units, and where each unit is no more than three stories above grade plane when measured from foundation to roof.

Lastly, there are partial exemptions for some types of residential buildings, such as those that are 25,000 square feet or larger and qualify as either an “existing” residential building five stories (or 62.5 feet) or less or a “new” residential building five stories or less and less than 62.5 feet tall. These buildings must be built with cool roofs but are not required to select a specific compliance option.

If you would like to speak with one of our Denver construction attorneys, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.