Letter: It's time to update Utah's energy code

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  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Jan. 15, 2019 2:43 p.m.

    maybe you presumers should look at Utah construction, it is no different than anywhere else. We all use the same building code. Utah has energy rated homes already.

  • airnaut Everett, WA
    Jan. 14, 2019 5:00 p.m.

    All Western U.S. states have updated their energy standards for new construction -- all EXCEPT Utah.

    2x6 eternal walls,
    Triple paned exterior windows,
    Not only do they cut heating and cooler by 50%,
    but they are also meet higher California earthquake codes.

    A $350,000 home --
    with that 2% added cost increase during construction (~$7,000),
    equates to a return on investment in less than 3 years,
    and will pay for itself by energy savings in 30 years.

    Not to mention being able to have 3 times as many homes in the valley with LESS pollution - and that is without renewable energy sources.

    But then, - What do I know?,
    I'm just an engineer with 40 years experience, not a politician or lobbyist.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 2:21 p.m.

    Right after they do something about that nasty plume coming out of the magnesium refinery.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 7:52 a.m.

    Are "building energy codes" some of the regulations that Trump wants to do away with?

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 7:47 a.m.

    Why doesn't Utah have the same CARB standards that Calif. has for vehicles?

    Why don't Utah's representatives disagree with Trump when he said he wants to eliminate the requirements for cleaners vehicles that auto manufacturers must meet?

    Party and power mean more than something good for the country.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 7:22 a.m.

    " State policymakers can do their part by updating our energy code this upcoming legislative session."

    You do understand that a huge portion of our GOP Lawmakers are builders, developers and real estate guys-right? Don't look for them to impose better regs, that will cost them money in their personal business life. Now matter how it betters the rest of us.