Deseret News
Letter to the editor

The Deseret News article “What’s stopping Utah’s Legislature from solving the air pollution problem?” (Dec. 18, 2018) highlights the importance of energy efficiency in buildings to address Utah’s air quality challenges.

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We know that area sources, including our homes and businesses, are responsible for about 40 percent of air emissions on the Wasatch Front. We should be taking every opportunity to shift Utah’s new and existing buildings toward low emissions. That’s why keeping our building energy codes up to date is so critical. More stringent energy codes have driven major improvements in energy savings over the past decade, with an average new home today being better insulated, more airtight and including more energy-efficient lighting and heating/cooling systems. These new energy-efficient homes are more affordable for Utah families since they cost less to operate, and they provide a more comfortable living environment, too.

As our communities build lots of new homes, including many multifamily housing units to meet Utah’s housing needs, updated energy codes remain a critical and cost-effective strategy to ensure that those buildings emit less pollution and have lower energy bills. State policymakers can do their part by updating our energy code this upcoming legislative session.

Kevin Emerson

Salt Lake City