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.

Weekly Office Hours Wednesdays at 5pm

Starting July 20th, EnergySmart will host open office hours on Wednesdays from 5-6pm for residents to join a Zoom call where you can get your questions answered about the incentives and discounts that are available and how to access them as well as other high-performance building questions you may have.

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Stories of Rebuilding

We’ve been dedicated to building high performing, all electric homes for over two decades. While the current labor and materials issues in the construction industry present significant challenges that we have not faced in recent history, we believe, with the right design decisions and construction knowledge, a home in Boulder County can be built today that is all electric, zero energy for negligible cost increase beyond the typical code minimum building.

Brian Fuentes, Green Architect who lost his home in Marshall Fire

One of the greatest advantages of building to a high-performance standard, is the built-in resilience and durability that comes with an airtight, well insulated home. My home was very close to others that burned in the Marshall Fires. Because of the air sealing strategies that were employed during my energy retrofit, I had no smoke damage or even smoke smell after the fires. Because we had a whole house ventilation system installed in the home, after we returned from the fires, we were able to live in our home with filtered fresh air, even when the outside air was still heavy with smoke and toxins.

Mark Attard, Green Builder evacuated during Marshall Fire

After losing our home in the Marshall Fire, we plan to rebuild with a goal of constructing a net-zero energy home. The last thing anyone needs are construction hurdles and added expense during the rebuilding process, however, I am confident that after rebates, incentives and discounts, we will be able to reach this goal with no, or nominal incremental expense. And the resulting reduction in utility costs will pay dividends for years to come. Plus we’ll have a new home that’s warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Greg Harms, Louisville Resident who lost his home in Marshall Fire

Stories & Resources

Training Opportunity

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).

Financing Opportunity

Xcel 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 account, consider one of several ways to incorporate energy efficiency from the ground up as you begin the process of rebuilding your home.