Building Talk Program
The Building Talk Program provides training and education to members of the code enforcement, building construction and building design communities on energy efficiency and conservation, building envelope enclosure efficacy and 2012 IECC Codes guidance. With the adoption of the 2012 energy efficiency codes on July 1, 2014, all new homes and commercial buildings in Utah will be required to meet the 2012 standards. The Office of Energy Development has contracted with Salt Lake County Planning and Development Services on the program with the belief that increasing energy efficiency and conservation, in addition to providing greater knowledge of and compliance with energy conservation codes in Utah, can be significantly improved within the state. The ultimate goal of the program is that these improvements will serve the interests of Utahns by increasing the energy efficiency of new homes and buildings within the state, now and into the future. Specifically, the program will provide training throughout Utah to a variety of trades and professions involved in the design and construction of new homes and buildings – including general contractors, developers, engineers, architects, building inspectors, code enforcement officials and other interested professionals. The intent of the program is to provide at least ten days of training focused on commercial and residential buildings. Sites and dates for such sessions will be chosen so as to maximize both the number and geographic distribution of participants across Utah. Training session topics will be include: “Energy Efficiency and Conservation 101”; an overview of the recently adopted 2012 IECC Residential and Commercial codes and how to comply; how the new codes differ from the previous IECC codes; and available building code compliance tools (e.g., REScheck and COMcheck). Funds have also been provided to allow the purchase of a blower door tester, duct blaster tester, IECC Code books, as well as other miscellaneous teaching tools. In addition, 10 FLIR infrared imaging cameras are included to be used to that can detect heat loss from building envelopes. These tools will add a new demonstrative aspect level to the training sessions. Through the Building Talk program, the Office of Energy Development intent intends to improve energy efficiency within the State of Utah through education, improved energy code compliance, and serving as a catalyst for energy efficiency project implementation.s.