Boulder's Green Reputation Earns Presidential Praise

Denver was in the national spotlight yesterday when President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill at Denver's Museum of Nature and Science. But for us Boulder residents, it was great to see Boulder earn some national stage time as the poster city for a greener future. Boulder businessman Blake Jones, who is the President and co-owner of Boulder's Namaste Solar, actually introduced President Obama and gave him and the Vice President a tour of the solar panel system that Namaste Solar installed at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. During his speech, President Obama acknowledged Boulder as "a community that is on pace to be the world’s first Smart Grid city."

Boulder's commitment to being a green city has certainly impacted the process (and cost) of home building and remodeling in Boulder. The city of Boulder was the first municipality in the United States to mandate a residential green code. That was in 1996 and the code was revised in 2001. Boulder City Council adopted the Boulder Green Points ordinance in November 2007 and it went in effect a year ago this month. Last November, new requirements were passed that increase energy efficiency in new commercial construction and residential remodels and additions. These requirements go into effect March 2.

While many home builders I work with have felt the financial pinch of the Green Points ordinance (it does cost more up front to build green), the silver lining - or should I say green lining - of Boulder's green building movement is a healthier and more sustainable city that will be among the nation's most desirable places to call home. Thus, Boulder will see a stable and growing real estate market and be a mecca for energy-related job opportunities.

Lastly, Boulder's environmental charge has helped inspire some incredible architecture and design that reflects the innate beauty of Boulder. I recently sold 'Boulder's Glass House' (pictured above) and have several other premier listings that are prime examples of the emergence of 'eco-architecture' in and around Boulder.

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