Denver, and in fact all of Colorado, is known to have set a trend in the environmentally friendly home construction. Built Green Colorado, introduced in 1995, “is one of the oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation. A voluntary industry-driven program of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver offered to builders across the state, the purpose of Built Green Colorado is to encourage home builders to use technologies, products and practices that result in homes that are better built and better for the environment.” The next event will be the 2010 Excellence in Building Conference & EXPO from October 12 -14, 2010 in Portland, OR.
An interesting green building project in Denver is the Flats 15 townhomes. As reported by Jan Buchholz in the Denver Business Journal in her article “Going green in Colorado”, “Flats 15, for instance, is a small multi-family development being built on the bluff overlooking I-25 near Speer Boulevard. What makes this particular housing project unique is the insulated concrete form (ICF) construction method."
You can find more information about green building at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Colorado Chapter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. They will be holding the Rocky Mountain Green 2010 - USGBC Colorado's Annual Green Building Conference from April 21-22, 2010 - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO.