By clinging to outdated building codes, the Utah Legislature is caving in to one powerful lobby while ignoring the needs of Utah families who buy new homes and then find they are energy hogs that cost more in utility bills than the owners can pay.
Failing to adopt 2009 energy standards already 3 years old! is an inexcusable dereliction of our legislators' duty to act for their constituents. The Utah Homebuilders Association is the only group opposing this move to 21st century energy standards, while polls show that, overwhelmingly, Utahns want and are willing to pay for more energy-efficient homes.
There is no good reason why Utah should be behind the times in adopting the new normal in energy-efficient home building practices. Thirty other states have adopted the 2009 code, and Utah has updated eight other construction standards, including the energy code for commercial buildings.