Sustainable Building

Black Forest

RE-Build Black Forest

Energy and Water Efficient Reconstruction



To assist Black Forest home and business owners who are undertaking reconstruction as a result of the Black Forest Fire, Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES) hosted educational briefings on

  • how to increase safety and comfort, with vastly reduced utility bills
  • the basics of energy and water efficient construction
  • incentives and financing options available
  • free, no-cost briefings
  • educational and informational only- no sales pitches

The briefing presentations are available below.   Also a number of related web resources are listed.

Briefing Topics:

Session Topic Link to Presentation
1 The Basics of Home Energy and Water Efficiency page 1
2 Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling, Appliances and Lighting page 3
3 Renewable Energy Basics, Cost and Incentives page 9
4 Energy and Water Efficiency Certifications and Independent Inspections page 23
5 Efficient Construction Incentives and Mortgages page 29
6 Passive Solar and Local Case Study page 34

Links to More Information

Renewable Energy Non-profits

Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES)

Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES)

American Solar Energy Society (ASES)

Help from Black Forest Utility Companies

Black Hills Energy

Mountain View Electric

Building and Appliance Efficiency Rating

Energy Star (US Government) and specifically for new homes

Water Sense (US EPA) and specifically for new homes

Consumer Reports

HERS Interactive Chart and description of HERS

Find a home energy rater

Find a building performance analyst

LEED for Homes

Disaster Rebuilding Networks

Black Forest Together

Northern Colorado Rebuilding Network

Waldo Canyon Fire Recovery Efforts

Colorado United

Society for Ecological Restoration and their local chapter

Fire, Soil and Flood Information

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network and their partners

Joint Fire Science Program

Colorado State University Forest Service and for landowners

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

How to Select Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Builders and Installers

Colorado Solar Energy Installer’s Association (CoSEIA)

Certification Organization for Installers

Residential Energy Services Network

Building Performance Institute

Technical Information on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Home Power Magazine

Online and Hands on Training Classes – Solar Energy international (SEI)

Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Database of Federal and State Incentives

Colorado Energy Office

Recharge Colorado

Energy Efficient Home Mortgages and specifically from Bank of Colorado