For much of its recent history in mitigating climate change, Denver has concentrated on buildings’ operational energy — the energy needed to run basics like heating, air conditioning, lighting and hot water. That will shift in May, when Denver’s newly adopted green code takes effect, said Christy Collins, green communities specialist with the local government.
— Smart Cities Dive
Denver’s new green code will make it so a building’s embodied carbon is considered. It will provide minimum requirements for the siting, design, construction, and plans for the operation of projects. Commercial projects in Denver are now required by law to choose around 10% of the green code to follow. According to Smart Cities Dive, similar policies that address embodied carbon alongside the electrification of buildings and other decarbonization efforts are set to grow this year.
Additionally, there has also been a rise in policies designed to foster a circular economy, such as salvaging materials and deconstructing buildings rather than demolishing them. This expansion of green policies can be attributed to the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, which includes $1 billion in grants to help states deliver new residential and commercial building codes.
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