Last March, the Salt Lake City Tribune used its editorial pulpit to castigate the Utah HBA for its lobbying efforts that, the newspaper asserted, influenced the state’s legislature to reject the adoption of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Utah currently follows the 2006 IECC, but two years ago the state’s Uniform Building Code Commission, taking its lead from a task force’s analysis of the two versions, recommended that lawmakers ratify the 2009 code standard.
- Utah HBA’s executive director Tasman Biesinger contends the 2009 code wouldn’t produce “substantial energy savings” over the 2006 code, but could add up to $5,000 in construction costs. The nonprofit Utah Clean Energy has estimated the added construction costs at under $1,000 and average annual savings of $175 per household over the life of a 30-year mortgage.
- IECC is in use or has been adopted by municipalities in 45 states and the District of Columbia, according to the International Code Council.
- Utah is currently assessing the 2012 IECC.