A Future Air Quality Threat.
In the last 10 years, Utah has grown 18.4% and is expected to grow by 66% within the next 40 years. As Utah’s population increases, area sources like buildings will likely become the primary source of air pollution throughout the state. This makes revising Utah’s outdated building codes to the most efficient and sustainable codes a critical strategy in reducing emissions and safeguarding our health + environment.
The fight is not over yet.
On August 10, The Uniform Building Code Commission (UBCC) recommended that Utah adopt the full 2021 IECC for commercial buildings and an amended version of the 2021 IECC for homes— while this is significant progress, The fight is not over yet:
This Wednesday (November 16th), the Business and Labor Committee will consider a building code report submitted by the Uniform Building Code Commission (UBCC), which includes updating Utah’s energy code.
- Interim Committees study key issues facing the state and recommend legislation for the upcoming session. Offering valuable information and opinions regarding issues being considered in the interim committees is an excellent way to participate in lawmaking. Learn more.
The IECC code is a regulation that ensures that the least amount of energy is consumed over the life of a building. This code includes updates to wall insulation, window efficiency, 100% efficient lighting, and a variety of minor updates that increase a building’s energy efficiency when combined.
Why should you care?
- The 2021 IECC will save consumers money over time.
- The 2021 IECC reduces energy burdens for consumers and lowers utility bills.
- A more efficient building code results in fewer emissions from the building sector.
- Currently, we are working off a heavily modified version of the 2015 residential building code (similar to the 2009 code), and the updated code is almost 17% more efficient than current standards.
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