On Monday, Nov. 21, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented the Parker Town Council with a letter and plaque recognizing the Town for its leadership in adopting building energy codes and the positive benefits that energy-efficient construction provides to Parker’s citizens and businesses.
Under the leadership of Chief Building Official Gil Rossmiller, the Town of Parker was the one of the first Colorado communities to adopt both the 2012 and 2015 building energy codes for homes and businesses. These codes prescribe how to design and construct homes and businesses that use very little energy for heating and air conditioning. As a result of Parker’s adoption of the 2012 and 2015 building energy codes, new homes and businesses in Parker have been built to the highest standards of energy efficiency, which offers substantial community benefits, including:
- Adoption and use of the energy code promotes higher quality, sustainable growth and development in Parker
- New homes and businesses are comfortable and offer a healthy atmosphere in which to live and work
- Energy efficient buildings operate at a very low cost
- Energy efficiency greatly reduces air emissions, including greenhouse gases
Since adopting the 2012 and 2015 energy efficiency building codes, Parker citizens and businesses have saved $1,218,238 on utility bills and have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 8,409 metric tons, the equivalent of removing 1,776 cars from the road for a year.
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project is a public interest organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in the Southwest.