Guest Editorial – Herald Extra
Houses and buildings last 50 to 100 years, so how we build them is important. Spending a little more to build them stronger and more energy efficient can save owners and residents thousands of dollars over the life of a building, and reduce pollution.
Building codes are the rules contractors have to follow when they build a structure. Building code updates ensure all builders follow best practices and incorporate new technology to save owners money in the long run, and dramatically reduce pollution caused by heating homes and generating electricity for their use.
Legislators redo Utah’s building code every three years, and it is now time for them to update the old, heavily amended, crazy-quilt 2012 building code to lock in benefits of the 2015 update for our houses and buildings.
An important part of the building code is the section that pertains to energy, known as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). It requires high standards of insulation, windows, doors, air ducts and fittings. Of course, these improvements cost a little more, and some home builders understandably worry about that.
To find out the economic impact of adopting the 2015 IECC here in Utah, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development commissioned the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to conduct an independent analysis. Experts there calculated the 2015 energy code would save the average new Utah homeowner almost $300 per year.
Even better, this same analysis reports the 2015 IECC would result in “positive cash flow” for new homebuyers within two years. That means that in only two years, their house payment plus utility costs would be less for a home upgraded to the 2015 IECC than it would be for a house built to our old 2012 code. That is really fast payback. (…)
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