“Sustainable and resilient buildings and infrastructure” means structures and systems designed to minimize environmental impacts, connect people and the environment, use less energy and money to operate and maintain, and are resilient to natural and human-caused hazards.
For example, practices such as rain gardens and green roofs serve to mitigate the heat island effect, increase biodiversity in urban settings, sustainably manage storm-water, improve air and water quality, and enhance social connectivity by creating inviting places for people to gather and recreate.
Resilient and Sustainable Design
Envision Longmont promotes a more sustainable and resilient built environment that focuses on:
- Compact growth, with a specific emphasis on infill development and redevelopment;
- Expanded housing options and ease of access to transportation and employment; and
- Sustainable site planning and development.
Longmont Planning and Development
City of Longmont
Planning and Development Services works to ensure that development and redevelopment in Longmont is sustainable. An example of a current practice is:
- Low Impact Development discussion required in the drainage report.
National Building Standards
Below is a list of common environmental certifications:
Environmental Protection Agency’s
- Indoor airPLUS - voluntary EPA clean air standard for new construction
- Home Energy Rating System (HERS) – Industry standard for energy efficiency
- Energy Star
- Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes
- U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification
- WELL Building Standard
For more national and international programs, please visit the Green Building Standards and Certification Systems Summary by Whole Building Design Guide.
Sustainable Design Guide
Longmont has created a Sustainable Design Guide (coming soon!) to provide recommendations for addressing Accessibility, Ambient Noise/Light, Historic Preservation, Development Footprint, Floodplain Protection, Heat Island, Housing Options, Indoor Air Quality, Infill/Redevelopment, Low-Impact Development, and Policy and Planning.
Building Retrofits and Reuse
According to the 2016 American Community Survey, approximately 44% of Longmont housing was built before 1980. Older homes may be less energy efficient which could lead to higher utility bills. Longmont is working to retrofit and repair old buildings.
- Low-to-Medium Income Longmont Homeowner? See if you qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation Program.
- Longmont’s Redevelopment and Revitalization Division works on Urban Renewal and Redevelopment Areas in Longmont.
- Longmont works to preserve the history through designated Historic Longmont Landmarks.
Indoor Air Quality
Poor household ventilation can decrease indoor air quality by inhibiting adequate outdoor air flow to dilute indoor emissions and removing indoor pollutants. Learn more about the EPA's Indoor Air Quality Resources.
Monitor Your Indoor Air Quality
Check out a Radon Gas Detector and Carbon Dioxide Detector from the City of Longmont Public Library.
- Radon is a toxic odorless gas that naturally occurs from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Learn more about radon here.
- Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a medical condition where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness for no apparent reason. High levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas could be dangerous to your health.
Contact the library for more information on how to check out the radon gas and CO2 gas detectors.
Please review the Energy page to learn how to make your home or business more energy efficient.