Building High-Performance Homes
This is a toolkit for those households faced with rebuilding after the 2021 Marshall Fire. It contains resources for planning, designing, and constructing a high-performance home that is more resilient to future climate crises. This website is produced and maintained by EnergySmart, Boulder County’s neutral residential energy advising service, in collaboration with Boulder County, the City of Louisville, and the Town of Superior.
The website is a work in progress and will be updated as more resources become available.
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COMPARISON OF HOME PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATIONS AND INCENTIVES
For an overview of the certifications and incentives for high-performance homes please visit the link below. It is arranged by building certification type, increasing performance, comfort, and efficiency from left to right.EEBC and EnergySmart’s Marshall Fire Home Performance Comparison
Stories of Rebuilding
Brian Fuentes, Green Architect who lost his home in Marshall Fire
Mark Attard, Green Builder evacuated during Marshall Fire
Greg Harms, Louisville Resident who lost his home in Marshall Fire
Many homeowners affected by the Marshall Fire are in the process of rebuilding their homes and other structures that were lost in the fire. These videos are intended to serve as an inspiration and a source of information for those who are considering electrification as part of their rebuilding efforts. The speakers are Boulder County residents who, though not directly impacted by the Fire, have decided to add electrified elements to their homes and feel passionately about sharing the benefits they’ve experienced with others considering doing the same.
Check out their stories below!
Sue Anderson – Unincorporated Boulder County
Sue Anderson is a resident of unincorporated Boulder County. She and her wife have spent decades electrifying elements of their home – from the heat pump to the induction stove – supplementing with solar energy along the way. Rising temperatures due to climate change were a major motivator for Sue as she worked to electrify her home. And while there is initial expense associated with electrification, the short and long-term benefits like lower heating and cooling costs and increased energy efficiency earn Sue’s “1000% endorsement.”Sue’s story
Emily Jacobson – Longmont, Colorado
Emily Jacobsen and her family live in Longmont, Colorado. When their furnace died last winter, Emily was excited to replace it with an air-source heat pump, adding another electrified appliance to their home in addition to the solar panels that they’d installed on the roof. Emily believes that our reliance on fossil fuels isn’t sustainable and that we have the technology right now to move away from them. With the resources and subsidies available to homeowners, she says that electrification “is for everyone.”Emily’s story
Robert Stephens – Superior, Colorado
Robert Stephens lives in Superior, Colorado. For the health of his family and the planet, Robert has set out to electrify various elements of his home – from replacing a gas stove and oven to electric induction, to installing an electric hot water heater and creating infrastructure to charge electric vehicles at home. As a result, he’s been able to reduce the number of bills he pays each month and see an overall reduction in cost. Even though the steps feel relatively small, they add up over time. Community investment in electrification matters in the fight against climate change.Robert’s story
Colorado Green Building Guild
The Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG), with support from Boulder County, is hosting a year-long series on rebuilding. CGBG is a non-profit organization based in Boulder County that is run by volunteer building professionals (architects, builders, engineers, and building science interested individuals).
Xcel Energy Incentives for Rebuilding
Xcel Energy is offering one-time incentives specifically for those who lost their homes in the Marshall Fire. If you are a fire-affected resident who previously had an Xcel Energy account, consider one of several ways to incorporate energy efficiency from the ground up as you begin the process of rebuilding your home.