Residential Architecture Firm KTGY Launches Denver Green Code Book
August 10, 2021
Free resource designed to guide multifamily developers on reducing carbon footprint of buildings in Denver, nationwide to help address natural resource conservation, water quality and environmental pollution challenges
Denver – Aug. 10, 2021 – KTGY, a leading full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, retail, hospitality and mixed-use developments, today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind Denver Green Code Book. The book, developed by KTGY with input from Jordan & Skala Engineers, Norris Design, Energetics and the City of Denver, provides multifamily developers with a resource for navigating Denver Green Code (DGC) measures – a series of voluntary codes that promote sustainability through energy efficiency, resource conservation, sustainable materials, indoor environmental quality, water safety, site development, land use and overall building performance.
With the City of Denver striving for all new developments to be Net Zero Energy by 2030, the KTGY Denver Green Code Book provides a thorough breakdown of the DGC’s elective and mandatory regulations across architecture, electrical, landscape, mechanical and plumbing. Developments that adopt the Denver Green Code receive expedited permitting and may qualify for incentives from the City of Denver, which include a 50% reduction in fees for plan review and permits, up to $50,000. A City of Denver pilot program is underway, and all Denver Green Code initiatives will be mandated by 2024.
“At KTGY, we believe that sustainability is a guiding principle of well-designed buildings and our hope is to foster sustainable design and construction practices across multifamily and mixed-use developments all throughout Denver,” said Sarah Hunter, director, design at KTGY. “When clients incorporate these measures in the upfront planning phase, it not only conserves costs and drives operational efficiencies, but also helps foster community engagement and education around sustainable design practices.”
The Denver Green Code Book is among the first manifestations of KTGY’s three-year strategic plan, which commits to assisting the building and construction industry in drastically reducing its carbon footprint. Currently the industry is responsible for 49% of all energy consumption and 47% of greenhouse gas emissions. KTGY’s newly formed sustainability committee ensures firm-wide education and best practices are shared to guide energy efficient and carbon-neutral designs. In November 2020, KTGY also joined the AIA 2030 Commitment, became a signatory, and released its Sustainability Action Plan roadmap to meeting those goals.
Founded in 1991, KTGY is a leading full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments and neighborhood revitalization. We envision a future where residential and hospitality design inform one another to deliver spaces that merge design and desire. KTGY’s architects, designers and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to create memorable destinations of enduring value.