Key Changes in Building Codes

The city of Boulder periodically updates its construction codes to maintain the balance between safety and cost and to protect life and property, while advancing green building standards and sustainable development practices. 

At the Nov. 25, 2008 City Council Meeting, council adopted Ordinance No. pdf 7621 amending the Green Building and Green Points Program (See the news release ).  Adding requirements related to energy efficiency thresholds for remodels and additions, demolition, boilers and windows.

At the Nov. 10, 2008 City Council meeting, council adopted Ordinances pdf 7620, pdf 7622 and pdf 7623 to increase energy efficiency in commercial construction and residential remodels and additions. This Council action also involved amending the "Building Code" to adopt minor changes related to the expiration of permits, and adopting the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) with minor local amendments.

On Nov. 13, 2007 City Council adopted two new ordinances as part of the proposed changes to the Green Points Program, Ordinance pdf 7565, will be added to the B.R.C. and become active Feb. 1, 2008.  Along with the adoption of the Green Points ordinances, the following building codes were adopted by ordinance pdf 7566, reference and locally amended on Oct. 30, 2007 and go into effect on Jan. 2, 2008: 

2006 International Building Code (IBC)

2006 International Residential Code (IRC)

2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

2006 International Fire Code (IFC)

2006 International Mechanical Code (IMC)

2006 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

2006 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)

2005 National Electrical Code (NEC)