LEED Buildings in Fort Collins


An innovative green style of building is taking the lead in Fort Collins. In fact, LEED construction, buildings that are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for upholding Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), are popping up all over our beautiful city. A precept of the LEED program, is that buildings receive credit for reducing impacts on water and ecosystems resources, improving energy efficiency, and recycling building materials and reducing waste, among other categories.

There are many cities across the US with a huge carbon footprint. Proudly, Fort Collins sports a small carbon footprint, by comparison. To date, Fort Collins boasts having the most square feet of certified LEED projects per capita, ranking it No. 1 in Northern Colorado.

Seasoned projects include several CSU buildings, inclusive of some residence halls, The Innosphere, and Fossil Ridge High School. An innovation incubator from the start, the Innosphere building, located on Vine Avenue, was a pioneer in Fort Collins’ LEED movement. Built with recycled materials, and a keen eye to sustainable design, it is beautiful and environmentally conscious. CSU’s newest residence halls in Laurel Village were also designed and constructed with energy and the environment in mind. In fact, The Pavilion, located in the center of the Laurel Village, is the first building at CSU to be certified LEED PLATINUM new construction by the United States Green Building Council. The Pavilion features a passive ventilation system called a katabatic tower, which is a green slope to reduce heat island effect, an interior green wall, recycled and regional materials, and even a bike room to further promote a decrease in a carbon footprint.

There is also new development within the LEED program: The Trails at Timberline is an example of synergizing form and function while keeping an eagle-eye on the need to reduce environmental impact. Aside from being certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the apartment complex boasts eight different floor plans ranging from studios, to a spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath luxury apartment.

How can you take a ‘LEED’ approach and be an energy preserving innovator in your home? A few tips:

You may not have a home certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, but you can still minimize your carbon footprint and maximize your energy use.

  • Utilize a power management system (like Nest or similar). You can have your home outfitted with the latest and greatest green tech around (i.e., programmable thermostats, smoke detectors, etc.).
  • Did you know, according to the US Department of Energy, “75% of the electrical use by home electronics occurs when they’re turned off”? Wowzers. That’s a lot of unnecessary juice being utilized, and paid for. Turn off your electronics and UNPLUG them when not in use.
  • Use CFL or LED lightbulbs. These energy-saving bulbs use only a fraction of the electricity of their incandescent counterparts.
  • Air dry your dishes. The heated drying cycle of your dishwasher uses a tremendous amount of power. And, when you unload, you won’t burn your fingers on the pots and pans.
  • Turn off your computer when you're not using it. Computers literally suck the energy out of the socket, and your pocket.
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances, and pay attention to the energy efficiency ratings. A more expensive and energy efficient purchase will reap rewards in the long run.
  • Grab a new showerhead and give up those costly baths. Showers use MUCH less water than a bath (provided you keep it to a reasonable length!) Less water means less energy to heat the water -- unless you enjoy cold showers, that is!
  • Stop scalding yourself and burning your wallet by setting your hot water heater to a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.


You’ll Be Seeing Double with Double Rebates Available from Fort Collins Utilities!

Double Rebates from Fort Collins Utilities

Did you know there is free money out there for you?  It’s true. Maybe even DOUBLE money!  No, this isn’t Vegas, but Fort Collins Utilities is offering double rebates on select appliances and fixtures for residential Utilities customers in addition to their standard rebates available throughout the year.

Let’s take a look at what’s available, how you can apply and qualify, and even a few tips to maximize your home’s energy ROI.

Residential Double Rebates Available:

  • $70 bill credit (regularly $35) for recycling older qualified refrigerators and freezers.
  • $50 bill credit (regularly $25) for purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® dishwasher.
  • $100 bill credit (regularly $50) for purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® clothes washer.
  • $100 or $150 bill credit (regularly $50 or $75) for replacing and recycling up to two toilets with WaterSense® toilets.

Purchases must be made before Dec. 31, 2016, with applications submitted by Jan. 15, 2017, to receive the double rebates. Refrigerators or freezers for recycling must be scheduled for pickup by Jan. 31, 2017.

Applications and qualification details are available at participating retailers and fcgov.com/rebates-programs. For more information, call 970-212-2900, email [email protected] or V/TDD 711. Aids and services are available for persons with disabilities.

Not sure you’ll be able to make a purchase before the end of the year? No worries! You can get rebates year-round – just not the double rebates that are happening for the rest of this year.

Year-Round Residential Rebates:

Once you have utilized as many rebate programs as you can, there are additional ways you can ensure you get the most from your systems at home and keep more green in your wallet.

A few tips for maximizing your home energy improvement returns:

  • It may be time to recycle that old refrigerator that mom gave you when you first moved out. Replacing the older appliances in your home with certified energy efficient appliances can go a long way toward saving energy and lowering your electric bills.
  • Use fluorescent light bulbs for places you’d like to keep the lights on at length. Keep in mind, if you like to flip the switch a lot, this can shorten their life span.
  • Don’t forget to tell your thermostat what to do! Program it to control your climate and allow for customized temperature settings during the day, evening, and especially when you're away from home on vacation.
  • Got cracked or whispering windows?  Replacing old windows with windows that provide better insulation will keep the elements out during the extreme weather seasons of summer and winter and keep your bills down.
  • Check out the Fort Collins Utilities’ grants/rebates for making your home energy efficient.
  • Consider a home improvement loan to help you cover the initial cost of any upgrades. In time, your savings will cover your output.

To schedule a Home Efficiency Audit, complete the online form or call 877-981-1888.

Efficiency Rebates for Your Business

Fort Collins Utilities’ Efficiency Works-Business program is resuming approval of rebate applications, thanks to an additional $1.46 million in funding that was approved by City Council on July 19.

Qualifications & Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be an active Fort Collins Utilities water or electric customer account in the name of the individual or legal business entity for the premise is required
  • Applicants must be a Fort Collins Utilities water customer and/or small commercial (E200, E250 rate classes) building owner
  • The building can have only one electric or water meter
  • All upgrades must begin with a pre-approval from Efficiency Works

For more information, click here.