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Bill Detail: HB23-1085

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Title Rural County and Municipality Energy Efficient Building Codes
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment (01/19/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
House Sponsors M. Martinez (D)
Senate Sponsors C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/19/2023
Summary

Counties and municipalities are currently required to adopt and
enforce certain energy efficient building codes concurrently with the
updating of their existing building codes or, before July 1, 2023 only,
concurrently with either the adoption or updating of their building codes.
Counties and municipalities must adopt and enforce these specified model
energy codes within particular time frames. A rural county, which is
defined as a county with a population of less than 30,000 people, is
permitted to adopt a less current model code if it has applied for and not
been awarded a grant that significantly assists with energy code adoption
and enforcement training.
Section 1 of the bill extends the compliance periods for adoption
and enforcement of the model energy codes by a rural county as follows:
  • An energy code that achieves equivalent or better energy
performance than the 2021 international energy
conservation code and the model electric ready and solar
ready code language developed by the energy board is not
required prior to July 1, 2030, instead of being required
concurrently with any county code building code update
occurring on or after July 1, 2023, and before July 1, 2026;
  • An energy code that achieves equivalent or better energy
and carbon emissions performance than the model low
energy and carbon code developed by the energy board is
not required prior to July 1, 2032, instead of being required
concurrently with any county code building code update
occurring on or after July 1, 2026; and
  • An energy code that achieves equivalent or better energy
performance than one of the 3 most recent editions of the
international energy conservation code is not required prior
to July 1, 2025, instead of being required concurrently with
any county code building code adoption or update
occurring before July 1, 2023.
Section 2 defines a rural municipality as a municipality with a
population of less than 10,000 people and extends the compliance periods
for adoption and enforcement of the model energy codes in an identical
manner to that outlined above for rural counties. The bill adds language
allowing a rural municipality to adopt a less current model code if it has
applied for and not been awarded a grant that significantly assists with
energy code adoption and enforcement training.

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