Want to be greener? Learn more about sustainability in the Yampa Valley:

Green Building

Establishing a Culture for Responsible Building

To advance the local green building movement with educational opportunities and collaborative outreach — by highlighting rebates, showcasing sustainable projects and offering an educational series — we will make an impact on waste management, increase energy efficiency and help improve the indoor health of our built environment.

Since YVSC’s inception, our Green Building Committee has collaborated with various groups to bring educational and hands-on workshops, green building tours and more to the community. Our members participated with the drafting of the Green Building Program for the City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County in 2007 and are working on the County’s Energy Policy in 2014-2015. The group continues to partner with these entities as well as other organizations such as Colorado Energy Office, Energy Star Colorado, other businesses, organizations and individuals in the building industry.

As more homeowners and businesses explore ways to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings, we are encouraging these efforts. Whether it is to expand jobs in the sustainable building field, reduce energy consumption or increase renewable energy development, we are evaluating best practices. Programs such as Energy Smart and iCAST are making great strides in developing energy efficient economies across the country.

Since buildings produce more than 50 % of the greenhouse gases that are affecting global warming, one of our key goals is to continue to influence building requirements in the Yampa Valley: green building is a smarter building, both financially and for the health of its inhabitants.

Sustainable Homes Tour Packet 2017

2018 Green Building Sponsorship Information

Thank you to our 2018 Green Building Sponsors!



Building Science Corp.

Citizen’s Guide to Radon

Colorado Solar

Energy Star

Green Building Advisor

Green Building Program –  City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County

GreenCe Sustainable Design Education

Steamboat Springs Sustainability Management Plan

US Green Building Council

US Department of Energy Colorado

Past Events: 

October 15, 2017: Sustainable Homes Tour (Making your spec home greener, Building an energy efficient and affordable new home in CO, Ground-mounted residential solar array)
December 7, 2016 – September 6, 2017: Free Webinar Series every Wednesday related to upgraded 2015 building and energy codes. For a list of webinar topics  click here.
June 8, 2017: On-Site Workshop for Building Professionals on 2015 Energy Codes 
March 9, 2017: Informational presentation to housing committee rebuilding codes updated (Routt County real-world costs for building to 2015 codes versus 2009) (FAQ Building codes progression from 2009 to 2015 in Routt County)
November 15, 2016: Residential Weatherization Clinic – Quick Fix Suggestions
October 23, 2016: Green Building Tour
October 20, 2016: Blower Door Training (Blower Door Test Basics PDFDuct Leakage Test Basics PDF,
October 4-5, 2016: Code Workshop for Construction Professionals (Commercial Code PresentationResidential Code PresentationResidential Energy Checklist)
September 8, 2016: Ventilation Requirements for 2015 Building Code Workshop
April 7, 2016: Home Energy Score Free Training for Realtors (Presentation)
March 31, 2016: Building Envelope Hands-On Workshop (Presentation)
March 8-9, 2016: New IECC Building Codes Training (Residential PDF, Commercial PDF)
February 24, 2016: REAP training with Patty Snidow of USDA
October 25, 2015: Annual Green Building Tour
September 8, 2015: Green Building Workshop/Panel
May 21, 2015: REAP (Rural Energy of America Program) training with Patty Snidow of USDA
February 28, 2015: SIGA Workshop; Library Hall
February 2, 2015: Talking Green – Passive Houses; Creekside Cafe
June 13, 2014: Welcome Home Steamboat Housing Solutions seminar
March-April 2014: Energy Masters Course
January 23, 2014: Energy Workshop
March 6, 2013: Energy Roundtable