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 This makes revising Utah’s outdated building codes to the most efficient and sustainable codes a critical strategy in reducing emissions and safeguarding our health + environment.

Upcoming Opportunity To Take Action

On August 10, The Uniform Building Code Commission will allow the public to submit comments on whether or not to adopt the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This building code regulates the design and construction of new buildings to the most up-to-date sustainability and energy efficiency standards.
  • Energy codes are at the discretion of the Utah Legislature, and the Utah Building Code Commission offers its expert recommendation to the Legislature each code cycle. Local governments cannot adopt a code that is more stringent than the building code. This is our opportunity to advocate for change that will positively impact all Utahns.
  • Utah Building Code commission is made up of 13 members. Currently, no seat is designated for air quality, so it is up to public comment and advocates to stand up for our air quality concerns.

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. 
  • Current commercial building codes were adopted in 2018.

Take Action

Fill out this action alert and attend the Public Meeting of the Uniform Building Code Commission on August 10th and advocate for adopting the 2021 IECC report. 


Participate in person at 160 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Heber M Wells Building Room 474.