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OUTLOOK DTC – Energy Use Reduction

The Outlook DTC multi-family residential project was designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification under the USGBC’s LEED for Homes protocol. After on-site verification of LEED measures and energy efficiency items, Outlook is targeting GOLD Certification.

A LEED Certified residential building is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of durable, high-performance, sustainable residential buildings.


Energy Efficiency

  • Energy Star Appliances
    • In a typical home, an ENERGY STAR dishwasher will save you $35-40 a year on your utility bills.
    • New ENERGY STAR dishwashers will save on average 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.


  • LoE, Dual pane windows
    • High performance windows will have heating and cooling savings due to the LoE coating, gas-fills, insulation spacers and frames which result in a lower U-factor; meaning less heat loss in the winter. Many coatings also reduce solar heat gain with minimal loss to visible light therefore resulting in more day light illumination and views available. These windows will improve the comfort in your apartment while reducing fading on fabrics and furniture. (For more information on LoE coatings visit,


  • High Efficacy Lighting
    • In a typical home, ENERGY Star certified light bulbs will last at least 15 times longer and save about $80 in electricity over its lifetime.
    • ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs use about 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and produce 70-90% less heat thus reducing cooling costs.


  • High Efficiency Water Heaters and Home Heating
    • Energy efficient water heaters have features such as heat traps and increased tank insulation to help reduce heat loss. These water heaters have an advanced temperature control system that constantly monitors and controls the burner operation to maintain consistent and accurate water temperature levels.
    • Power and Direct vent water heaters exhaust gases to the outdoors. This reduces/eliminates the chance of back drafting and causing a buildup of NOx.


  • Energy Star Exhaust Fans
    • ENERGY STAR qualified exhaust fans use 60-70% less energy on average than standard models saving more than $60 in electricity costs over the life of the fan. These exhaust fans are quitter, use high performance motors and improved blade design thus providing better performance and longer life of the fan.
    • The exhaust fans use no more energy than a single 26w CFL light bulb!


  • 13 SEER Individual Split AC with Aquatherm
    • HVAC equipment can account for up to 50% of your energy usage. By installing energy efficient equipment with ductwork properly sealed, utility bills can be greatly reduced. In addition, these systems are designed to have water piping running through the coil to help with heating in the winter months.


  • Programmable Thermostats
    • In a typical home, a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 a year in energy savings when used properly. One can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7o-10oF for 8hours a day when at work. Putting time into understanding how your thermostat works can continually save you money from month-to-month.



Additional LEED Measures:

  • Outlook DTC was built on a previously developed site on an infill lot. This site selections allows reuse of existing infrastructure and also promotes sustainability by choosing to build here vs on a “green” or undeveloped site. (LL 3.23.3, LL 4)


  • Outlook DTC is within walking distance of many community resources (ie restaurants, banks, dry cleaners, etc) and multiple bus stops totaling well over 200+ rides per day combined. (LL 5.3)
  • Only native and adaptive plantings were used on Outlook DTC. No invasive species were

installed. (SS 2.1)


  • Minimal conventional turf installed to prevent storm water runoff. (SS 2.3)


  • High Efficiency irrigation system installed to help save on exterior watering. (WE 2.1)


  • High efficiency fixtures installed to help save on water usage (WE 3.13.2)
    • Toilets = 1.28 GPF
    • Lavatory Faucets = 1.2 GPM
    • Showerheads = 1.75 GPM
    • ENERGY STAR Dishwashers
    • High Efficiency Clothes Washers


  • Energy Use Reduction = 17.5+% (EA 1.2)


  • Material reduction through use of precut studs spaced at 16”O.C, open-web floor trusses and roof trusses spaced on 24”O.C. The pre-fabricated trusses help to reduce material waste generated on-site. (MR 1.4)


  • Outlook DTC utilized aggregate and cement manufactured and mined within 500mi of the jobsite. (MR 2.2)


  • Paints, sealants and adhesives used on the project were Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). (MR 2.2)


  • Insulation installed had a recycled content of 30%. Pex piping is also installed which only contains carbon and hydrogen atoms, so manufacturing and disposing of it comes with minimal environmental impacts vs PVC or Cooper. (MR 2.2)


  • Ventilation provided via a continuously running bathroom exhaust fan. By running continually, this will pull fresh air in through infiltration of the dwelling unit. (EQ 4.1)


  • MERV 8 air filters are installed to protect the fan coil from contamination and the tenant from pollutants that could be distributed by the HVAC system. (EQ 7.1)


  • Dwelling units were flushed with outside air for 48 hours prior to occupancy to remove any VOCs, pollutants and dust. (EQ 8.1)
Outlook DTC
5031 S. Ulster St. 
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 770-2333