What Ordinance 300 Means for Denver Businesses
In the wake of the Denver area election (held on November 7th), businesses are wondering how this new “Green Roof Initiative,” which was passed by a narrow margin under Ordinance 300, will affect them. There are several key pieces of information for business owners and managers to understand about this initiative.
Why did Denver Propose Ordinance 300?
To combat climate change, the Denver City Council proposed an initiative which will place certain requirements on properties larger than 25,000 square feet. Essentially, properties that meet this condition are required to devote a set percentage of their rooftop space to establishing a “green roof,” which can be comprised of either vegetation, solar panels, or a combination of both. For businesses whose properties are not well suited to installing green roofs, it is possible to pay a fine instead, but the city believes the substantial benefits of green roofs make them more appealing for businesses than simply paying a fine.
View the complete ordinance proposition here
Required Green Roof space percentages by building size
What is a Green Roof?
The Denverite describes green roofs very well: “green roofs incorporate a system with a waterproof roof membrane, a root barrier, filter fabric, a drainage system, a growing medium (like soil) and plants. They can come in a modular set-up prepared in trays or each component can be installed on top of the building structure. Green roofs can be shallow or deep. The deeper the growing medium, the greater the range of plants that can be grown but also the heavier the roof will be.” Installing solar panels is also an alternative which qualifies as a green roof under the Ordinance 300.
What Are the Benefits of Green Roofs?
By requiring properties of over 25,000 square feet to install green roofs, the Denver City Council believes it will help to significantly cut back on the city’s contribution to climate change, but there are other benefits to following this initiative. Because green roofs are made of different, stronger materials, they last longer and are more effective than standard roofs. Also, green roofs that integrate solar panels will have the added benefit of allowing businesses to generate power off the grid, resulting in significant energy savings over time.
How Much Do Green Roofs Cost?
On average, green roofs cost about 2.5 times more than a typical roof, but the payoff for businesses is huge because they typically last four to five times longer. Plus, installing solar panels can help to mitigate some of those initial costs and hasten the investment’s payback period.
Partner Up for Efficiency
EnergyLink is a certified Energy Service Company in the Denver area who can help your company take the proper steps to comply with this new initiative. Call (303) 632-0446 to briefly discuss how we can help now.
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