Earth Day is here and we are reminded just how precious and important our environment is. While not everyone has to be a tree-hugger or an eco-nut, it doesn’t much effort to make simple but impactful decisions for the benefit of the environment. In fact, some Denver residents can see some greenbacks in their wallets for their time. Sustainable Design Build loves having a sustainable eco-friendly mindset, so here are a few ways Denver homes can save some money when going green this Earth Day following this article by 5280.
According to an article published by Mile High CRE, Colorado has placed itself as one of the top cities when it comes to issuing permits for new construction. As the report states, Colorado has broken out into the top ten states since 2015; for 2022 has ranked as eighth highest in building permits. Despite that ranking and research, Denver has been in a wary condition with its permitting operations. Mired by long plan review times, workforce shortages, material price volatility, and new regulations – the number of permits issued year-over-year is a small snapshot of the construction industry in Colorado.
Sometimes builders and general contractors should take a step back and remember how personal their services are. When doing residential construction projects like home additions, remodels, and even ADUs, these projects are more than just another job. They are the homes of families who entrusted their space to be handled with care. That is why Sustainable Design Build approaches every residential construction project with a defensive mindset to ensure that absolute quality and safety are given to each home. And it is at times like these that our team here at Sustainable Design Build is reminded of that importance.
The upcoming Denver Mayoral Election is nearly over with the last day to vote on April 4 by 7 PM (Mail-in Ballots must be sent today, March 27th). Michael Hancock has been the long-time holding incumbent of the office for the last 12 years. This term, 17 candidates have their hats in the ring to become Denver’s new Mayor. With those candidates, a handful of them is calling for reform or improvements when it comes to Denver’s own construction and permitting process. For years now, the City and County of Denver have been plagued with increasingly long review and permitting times. A problem that has extended into both commercial construction and residential construction. Many argue (including these 4 candidates) the barriers in place are causing unnecessary delays, especially for a city that is combatting record lows in housing inventory and impressive highs in costs. Until something is done, the ever-growing backlog in the City’s Community Planning and Development Department will never be resolved.