Green Bank of Colorado

Renewable Energy Projects

Core Indicators

  • Energy Performance
    • Final and/or Primary Energy Use - in new buildings or retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • kWh/m2 of GBA p.a.; and % of energy use reduced/avoided vs local baseline/building code; and, if relevant % of renewable energy (RE) generated on site
    • Light quality and energy efficiency for both new buildings and retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • Number of LED or SSL lighting fixtures with lumen/watt (Lm/W)
    • Energy efficiency from installation of motion detectors (kWh) vs baseline/previous equipment
    • Energy efficiency from installation of low-E window glass panels vs baseline/previous equipment
  • Carbon Performance
    • Carbon reductions - in new buildings or retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • kg CO2/m2 of GBA p.a; and
    • Annual GHG emissions reduced/avoided24 in tonnes of CO2 equiv. vs local baseline/baseline certification level; and/or
    • % of carbon emissions reduced/avoided vs local baseline/baseline certification level
  • Water Efficiency and Savings
    • Water efficiency - in new buildings or retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • m3/ m2 of GBA p.a ; and Annual absolute (gross) water use before and after the project in m3/a (for retrofitted buildings) and/or
    • % of water reduced/avoided vs local baseline/baseline certification level/IGCC /International
  • Waste Management
    • Waste management in the construction/demolition/refurbishment process in new or retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • Amount p.a. of waste minimized, reused or recycled in % of total waste and/or in absolute (gross) amount in tonnes p.a.
    • Waste removed in tonnes E. Certification Standard, if available #5 Type of scheme, certification level and m2 GBA
    • Waste Management in the use of both new buildings or retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • Recycling, re-use or composting of non-hazardous waste in %

Internationally and nationally recognized standards for Green Buildings such as:

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)
  • ANSI/ ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and/or the International Green Construction Code
  • Other standards for Green Buildings widely known and/or used in the industry locally, such as CEEQUAL, DGNB, EDGE, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the US Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE), Passive House or Swiss Minergie, when compatible with the aforementioned standards.

Other Indicators

  • Indoor Air Quality
    • Indoor air quality for both new buildings and retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • Reduction of particulate matter vs local baseline: sulphur oxides (SOx), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) carbon monoxide (CO), (PM2.5/PM10) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs)
  • Transport Connectivity and Clean Transportation Infrastructure
    • Transport connectivity and clean transportation infrastructure for both new buildings and retrofitted buildings Indicators:
    • Land use density including ‘transit-oriented development’ (people and jobs per unit of land area)
    • Number of electric vehicle charging stations as a % of total parking and/or number of bicycle facilities provided
    • Distance (in Km) to public transportation (thereby reducing the scope 3 emissions of the building)