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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

Building Energy Efficiency

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Buildings account for more than 40 percent of our nation’s energy use, more than industry and transportation combined. These buildings include residential dwellings like houses and apartments, commercial structures like shopping centers, and institutional facilities like universities. Buildings electricity use includes lighting, space heating , air conditioning, ventilation, communications, and other functions. Energy use in U.S. buildings has increased by almost 50 percent since 1980, and electricity demand has more has doubled. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is an innovative program that is helping commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings.

Homes built in the U.S. between 2000 and 2005 use 40 percent less energy per square foot than homes built before 1950, but larger home sizes have offset those efficiency improvements.  Efficiency is especially important in the building sector because the lifetimes of buildings are so long. Even buildings that were not initially constructed to be energy efficient can be improved through retrofits such as weatherization, appliance upgrades, and lighting replacement.  Further information can be found in the Buildings Energy Data Book. 

Other Resources: 

Questar Gas – Thermwise

Rocky Mountain Power – Wattsmart

State Building Energy Efficiency Program

Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (DOPL)  This link will show State construction and fire codes.  The International Energy Efficiency Code (IECC) will adopt the 2012 codes found in HB 202 on July 1, 2014.

  • FLIR Camera Loan Program  – Building Talk Program
  • National Energy Foundation (NEF) – Office of Energy Development (OED) Partnership