BCBR Reports Green Boulder Real Estate To Become More Expensive

An article in the Boulder County Business Report states that a proposed county mandate on Boulder real estate green building requirements is being considered as part of the county’s new BuildSmart program and that it will potentially cost Boulder County homeowners tens of thousands of dollars.

Boulder County commissioners have historically been vocal about their concern and criticism of the environmental impact of larger homes in the area.

The proposed mandate may affect homes larger than 3,000 square feet and the requirements for such homes could include owners to offset a minimum of half of the home’s energy use through an on-site renewable energy system.

BCBR reports:

The three commissioners – Will Toor, Ben Pearlman and Cindy Domencio – are expected to vote on the big home law and BuildSmart in early 2008.

The objective of the BuildSmart program is to reduce energy waste and it includes targeting outdoor luxuries and unneeded deconstruction of existing homes.

The BCBR further states:

New homes or additions of up to 1,000 square feet would require a Home Energy Rating System Index figure of 85. On the HERS rating scale of 100 that would correspond to a 15 percent energy reduction from a normal home based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.

New homes or additions between 1,001 and 3,000 square feet would require a HERS rating of 60; from 3,001 to 5,000 square feet would require a rating of 25; and more than 5,000 square feet would require a rating of less than 10, leading to a near net-zero energy home.

If you’re looking at any Boulder real estate in the county with the idea of razing the existing structure to build your own McMansion, you may want to consider looking more carefully into the requirements and consequences to your project time-line and your pocketbook.

Keep in mind though, building green doesn’t necessarily mean overall extra cost as many of the techniques and products for a Built Green home will improve your home’s comfort level and will save you thousands of dollars over the life of your stay.


One Response to “BCBR Reports Green Boulder Real Estate To Become More Expensive”

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