Aspen and Pitkin County - Efficient Building Program

July 07, 2009


The City of Aspen/Pitkin County has initiated the City of Aspen/Pitkin County Efficient Building Program (APEB). As of February 2003, all building permit applications must include a completed APEB Checklist documenting that the project has the minimum number of points for using efficient, recycled and renewable technologies and materials as well as resource efficient practices. If the project includes a remodel and/or demolition/deconstruction, then the Deconstruction Plan form must be filled out in addition to the Checklist. The APEB Program is designed to educate the public and the building trades about utilizing resources more efficiently. Flexibility is built into the program to accommodate a wide range of alternatives to create better buildings. The program addresses the reduction of construction waste, promoting recycled and renewable resources, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, renewable energy, water conservation, as well as efficient building techniques. The program is point-based. The number of points required is based on the size and type of the project. For example, one point is available for every five percentage over the energy code that one builds. Points for solar design and technologies are available, also, such as passive solar space heating, solar water heating, active solar space heating, and photovoltaics. The APEB Guidelines can be used when completing the Checklist, which is required upon submittal of any residential building permit application, and a Resource Guide has also been developed in conjunction with this program to assist in finding suppliers and other information.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Geothermal Direct-Use
Residential Code: Eligible property is assessed at no more than the value of a conventional system


Name: City of Aspen and Pitkin County Efficient Building Ordinance
Effective Date: 6/19/02
Name: Md Code: Property Tax § 8-240
Effective Date: 07/01/2008 (as amended)


Name: Denis Murray
Organization: City of Aspen Community Development
Address: 130 S. Galena Street, 3rd Floor
Aspen CO 81611
Phone: (970) 920-5090
Organization: Department of Assessments and Taxation
Address: 300 W. Preston Street
Baltimore MD 21201-2395
Phone: (410) 767-1199

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.