Colorado Revised Statute 24-30-1305.5 requires all new facilities, additions, and renovation projects that meet the following applicability criteria to conform with the High Performance Certification Program (HPCP) policy adopted by the Office of the State Architect (OSA) if:
- The project receives 25% or more of state funds, and
- The new facility, addition, or renovation project contains 5,000 or more building square feet, and
- The building includes a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and
- In the case of a renovation project, the cost of the renovation exceeds 25% of the current value of the property.
For projects that meet these applicability criteria, the High Performance Certification Program requires projects to receive third party verification. The High Performance Certification Program goal is for applicable projects to attain certification through either the United States Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system (with a target of LEED–Gold) or the Green Building Initiative, Green Globes rating system (with a target of Three Globes). A modification to the target certification goal may be granted by the Department of Labor Affairs. In instances where achievement of the certification goal is not feasible, an applicant may request a modification of the High Performance Certification Program policy or a waiver if certain conditions exist.
Local government applicants must complete Section E of the Energy/Impact Assistance Fund application. If the proposed project meets the High Performance Certification Program applicability criteria above, the applicant should also complete and submit the High Performance Certification Program Registration and Waiver/Modification Request Form and Checklists along with the grant application.
See the High Performance Certification Program Guide for Communities for more information.
Direct inquiries regarding initial program interest to your Regional Manager. Use the other program contacts once the initial process with your Regional Manager is complete.