Changes to Utah Residential and Commercial Building Codes
During the 2013 legislative session House Bi9ll 202 was filed and passed by the Utah State Legislature adopting a hybrid version of the 2006, 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC). The effective date of this hybrid version of the IECC is contingent on the Uniform Building Code Commision of Utah certifying in writing to the Utah Legislature that the US Department of Energy (DOE) has in place a fully compliant version of the current code compliance software (REScheck) that can be used to verify energy compliance with all of the provisions stated in H.B. 202. This “certification” is being processed and developed by the people at PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), who developed REScheck. Upon the receipt of this verification, the effective date of this “new” energy code — Utah 2012 will be as follows (verbiage taken directly from H.B. 202):
- “This bill takes effect on the first day of the month following the month in which the Uniform Building Code Commission certifies in writing to the Business and Labor Interim committee that the United States Department of Energy has adopted a version of the REScheck software that can be used to verify compliance to the requirements of this bill.”
On December 10, 2013, the Advisory Committee accepted REScheck, and so the bill will most probably go into effect as of December 31, 2013.