Denver Area Moving toward Sustainable Design Building sustainability is becoming an ever increasing consideration for new building design, especially for higher profile buildings. There are three basic levels for building LEED certification: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. In order to obtain points that ultimately add up to obtain one of these levels, certain aspects of the building (including MEP building systems) must exceed the minimum Energy Code baseline requirements. Examples include: building envelope performance, HVAC equipment efficiency, daylight lighting controls, low water consumption plumbing fixtures.
International Conference of Building Officials Most of the Denver Metropolitan area has adopted some combination of the 2006 International (I-Codes). The International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), has a web site that offers Code chats, evaluation reports to better enable Architects and Building Contractors to meet the Building Code, and online seminars. This site also provides means for ordering Codes and Handbooks.