Boulder County implemented BuildSmart regulations a few years ago and since then they have been tightening and perfecting the requirements for new developments.
These building regulations are part of Boulder County’s Sustainable Energy Plan. All new developments in unincorporated Boulder County are required to follow BuildSmart regulations. Outside of the actual materials and inspection of the completed building, the BuildSmart requirements also limit the materials sent to landfills. Additionally, builders need to use less natural resources during their development.
In order for a building in Boulder County to be recognized as “green”, they need to comply with BuildSmart regulations. These regulations require a Home Energy Rating (HERS). HERS is a nationally recognized method of evaluating a building’s energy efficiency. This is done by a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater. HERS inspects the completed building and looks specifically at:
- Exterior walls
- Ceilings and roof
- Unfinished spaces
- Windows and door seals
- HVAC system
- Air leakage
If you are developing or remodeling property in unincorporated Boulder County these are all regulations you need to be aware of. You can learn more specifics about BuildSmart regulations on the Boulder County website and you can learn more about the process of receiving a HERS rating here.
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