Building Energy Code (Utah)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Utah
Name Building Energy Code
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Code Change Cycle Code changes are ongoing with new editions of codes adopted when they become available. Most recent update took effect: July 1, 2010. Recent legislation adopted 2012 IECC, but it has not taken effect yet.
Commercial Code 2009 IECC mandatory statewide

Residential Code 2009 IECC mandatory statewide

Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-28
Last DSIRE Review 2013-04-02
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

Changes to the energy code are submitted to the Uniform Building Code Commission. The proposed change is reviewed by the Commission at a monthly meeting to decide if it warrants further consideration. If accepted, the Commission determines if enforcement will be enacted as a statewide amendment or restricted to a specific locality.

The legislature updated the residential and commercial building codes in April 2013 with the passage of HB 202. When the new codes take effect, all residential and commercial buildings must comply with the 2012 IECC using the compliance pathways, plan submittal, and plan review as specified within that code. Plans and specifications must be submitted when required by the local jurisdiction. Field inspections, as part of the normal building inspection process, are required prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. The new codes will take 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 with the new codes.

If the local compliance agency refuses to establish a method of appeal to their interpretation and application of the State Uniform Building Standards, the appealing party may petition the Building Code Commission for agency action on the issue.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name William Chatwin
Department State Energy Program
Address 1594 West North Temple, Suite 3110
Address 2 PO Box 146100
Place Salt Lake City, Utah
Zip/Postal Code 84114
Phone (801) 538-5412


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"