Green Building

City Council Approves Sustainability Menu Amendments

City Council recently passed an Ordinance to enhance and update Golden’s Sustainability Menu, which sets standards for new commercial and multifamily structures (3 units or more) throughout Golden. Updates to the sustainability menu were a collaboration between the Community Sustainability Advisory Board and the Planning Commission, and represent input from members of the local land development community. The revised Sustainability Menu is a key part of the City’s strategy to achieve the community’s sustainability goals.

Amendments to the Sustainability Menu include:

  • The development shall install a solar photovoltaic system that meets at least 10% of the project’s energy needs.
  • Provide and install a programmable thermostat for each individual commercial building, tenant- occupied space in a commercial building, or multi-family dwelling unit.
  • Provide and install separate electricity meters for each individual multi- family dwelling unit or tenant- occupied space in a commercial building. For natural gas, an applicant must provide and install separate meters for commercial tenant spaces 10, 000 square feet or more.
  • Demonstrate through energy modeling software that the multi- family or commercial project exceeds the minimum applicable International Energy Conservation Code standards adopted by the City by at least 4 percent.
  • Integrate in any trash enclosure an equal- sized space and access for recycling receptacles adjacent to any trash receptacles.
  • Provide and install one Level 2 electric car ( EV) charging station per 15 required parking spaces for the project and EV ready conduit for 15% of the total required parking spaces on-site.

Revised Commercial Sustainability Menu pdf download

Getting Started

Want to save energy and money at home? Wish your house was warmer and more comfortable?

We can help.

The best place to start is usually with a home energy assessment. An energy expert will assess your home, identify any issues, and recommend improvements. Learn more about getting a home energy assessment from Xcel Energy.

If you’re not sure where to begin, contact your Sustainability Office. You can reach us at

Home Energy 101

Want some tips on easy ways to save energy at home? Check out these helpful pointers.

Paying for Energy Upgrades

Green BuildingSome local utilities offer rebates for energy improvements and renewable energy systems. Check out Xcel Energy’s rebate program.

The federal government also offers tax credits for homeowners who make energy improvements or install clean energy. View Federal Tax Credits for Homeowners.

Greening Your Home

Green Building Energy Leaks

Net Zero Report

A study in achieving Net Zero Energy for your home is now complete. See what the average Golden home consumes and why only 10% of Golden homes are ideally suited for solar in the Net Zero Report pdf download

LEED for City Buildings

In 2008, City Council passed Resolution No. 1937 pdf download, which set a baseline for municipal buildings to achieve. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver designation sets a target for all new city buildings and remodeling projects over 5,000 square feet.

Tiny Homes in Golden, Colorado

Tiny Homes in GoldenWhat is a Tiny Home?  A Tiny Home is a descriptive term, rather than an official class of construction. Whether it is a home on wheels or simply a small house, Tiny Homes in Golden are regulated depending on their use and the amenities they provide. Most often, we hear of mobile tiny Homes–those built on a trailer deck with wheels that fall under the RV classification.

What do I need to live in a Tiny Home in Golden?

1. A residentially zoned lot (R1, R2, R3, or PUD)
2. A foundation, permanently attached to the ground and protected to a 36” frost depth.
3. A minimum 70 square feet; 7’ minimum in any horizontal dimension of a room and a minimum 6’8” ceiling.
4. Includes independent living quarters that provide sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation amenities.
5. A toilet and either a shower or tub, connected to City of Golden water and sewer service.
6. Water & sewer tap fees
7. A roof structure meeting wind and snow load requirements of 116 mph at 3 second gusts and exposure C.
8. A City of Golden building permit

To learn more, view Golden’s Tiny Home Information Flyer pdf download.

Businesses Go Solar

  • Pizza by the Sun  – Woody’s Wood-fired Pizza unveils new solar panels.
  • The Golden Hotel  – The first solar-powered hotel in Golden.
  • MIE Properties  – A light industrial complex on West Colfax Avenue hosts the largest solar installation in Golden.
Additional Resources

Colorado Forest Products Program

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa
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