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Energy Ideas for the Colorado Building Community

ColoradoENERGY.org provides you as a builder, designer or architect with at least some of the information that you need to design and build homes and buildings that are energy and resource efficient. Below you will find links to information that can help you determine the best approach to take for improving the energy efficiency of your project, the resource efficiency of you project or how to incorporate renewable energy into your project.

Energy Efficiency Information

  • The Ideal Home
    This short pamphlet describes the keys to designing and building a home that is comfortable, durable, efficient and of high quality. The pamphlet give you a checklist and a wall section to help you get started in the right direction.
  • Colorado New Home Choices
    This is a City of Fort Collins site highlighting quality construction practices.  The overall goal of the guide is to promote quality construction, using reasonable levels of insulation while paying attention to energy details. Numerous construction details illustrate specific techniques to meet code requirements as well as recommended practice for those who wish to exceed code minimums. Additional information helps tie these details together in a "system" approach.
  • Evaluation of New Home Energy Efficiency
    An assessment of the 1996 Fort Collins residential energy code and benchmark study of design, construction and performance for homes built between 1994 and 1999. Summary Report. June 2002. PDF Version - 4.5MB
  • Houses that Work: House Design Recommendations by Climate Zone
    Building Science Corporation's guide to design recommendations by several different climate zones across the United States & Canada.

Resource Efficient Material Information

  • Sustainable Design Resource Guide
    The SDRG is an online directory of companies that produce resource efficient products used in the construction industry.
    (coming soon)

Renewable Energy Information

  • Colorado Renewable Energy Resource Guide
    The Colorado Renewable Energy Resource Guide is a renewable energy information guide for builders, architects & engineers. The guide contains background information and a directory of where to find renewable energy information and products in Colorado.
  • EREC Renewable Energy Fact Sheets
    The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC) has produced a number of fact sheets over the years as it relates to renewable energy and they are posted in both HTML and PDF format on the EREN web site.  To view the HTML version, click on the title of the fact sheet. To view the PDF version, click on PDF version.:

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