Thursday, February 21, 2008


Bill Would Save Tax Dollars Used
For State Facilities Maintenance

DENVER—Today the Senate Local Government Committee passed Senate Bill 147 to increase energy efficiency in state-assisted facilities.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon (D-Denver), authorizes the Department of Personnel to incorporate national and local energy efficient practices in performing life-cycle costs analyses.

Life-cycle costs analysis is a method for assessing the total cost of facility ownership. The process compares all costs of acquiring, owning, and disposing of a building or building system. The purpose is to find ways to maximize efficiencies and net savings.

“With the passage of this bill, Colorado will be a leader in energy efficiency in state buildings,” Gordon said. “In this day and age it is inexcusable for us to build buildings that waste energy. We can do better than that.”

The bill calls for energy efficiency within the designed, constructed and renovated housing projects and facilities of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). With high performance buildings, Colorado stands to decrease energy consumption by nearly 30 percent and water use by between 30 and 50 percent.

The bill next moves to the full Senate for consideration.