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There are two bills currently in committee in the Idaho legislature that would remove our local P&Z’s ability as well as restrict city governments to establish any new codes or policies to increase energy efficiencies as we work to reach our 100% clean energy goals to slow climate change.   These bills seem to be in response to a variety of local initiatives to move to increased energy efficiencies.

 As an example, Hailey City Council heard its first reading of an efficiency code change last week.  This change would remove the city’s current requirement for new builds to install natural gas lines to all buildings. This code change encourages the installation of all-electric utilities through removing the additional costs and dangers associated with installing gas.   Electricity has been shown to be a more environmentally friendly, energy efficient fuel source with limited greenhouse gas emissions or gases toxic emissions in the home while also proving cost effective for homeowners as they connect with renewable energy sources.

  

Please voice your OPPOSITION to these house bills HB 614 & HB 660.   Sponsors: Brent Crane, Sage Dixon

 

Write and/or call: Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee, Chair, Senator Jim Patrick, and our own Senator Michelle Stennett to share your views. (additional contact information below)

 

Senator Jim Patrick-email:JPatrick@senate.idaho.gov 

Senator Michelle Stennett-email:  http://www.michellestennett.com/contact/

Bills Info: Moves building and trade codes into state statute, giving the Idaho Legislature power to set building efficiency standards. Limits the ability of local governments to pass building codes to meet planning and efficiency needs such as commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, improve efficiency, and implement electric vehicle charging. Locks Idaho into the 2018 building code standards when more modern standards already exist. 

 

Some additional points you may consider important to mention:

● While energy efficiency building code standards may involve higher initial costs, energy efficiency and conservation add up to savings for consumers over time. Modern, efficient buildings hold value better and contribute to a greater resale value for owners. 

● These cost savings are enjoyed by the consumer, including both renters and homeowners, meaning that even if you cannot afford to buy your own home you can still enjoy the cost savings benefits of a modern efficient home. 

● There are cost savings to utilities and utility customers because it reduces stress on the grid system especially during peak times. This results in avoided costs for the additional infrastructure and transmission that are required to meet Idaho’s growing energy needs. 40% of energy nationwide is consumed by buildings and 21% is consumed by residential homes according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

● We appreciate the effort to maintain standards for building health and safety. In addition to minimum standards to protect against fire and natural disasters, energy efficiency products have an effect on health including the quality of lighting and indoor air quality. 

● New homes should be built and designed for the future. Homes are built to last 100+ years and while the lifespan of components varies, some parts are difficult or impossible to economically replace. That is why efficiency standards are so important to help build it right in the beginning. 

● Freezing the efficiency codes to the 2018 standards means when new homes are built they are already out of date. 

● New building codes are released every three years. The most recent edition was published in 2021. The building code development process is collaborative, involving a number of stakeholders including builders, contractors, realtors, and consumers.

 

Additional Contact information:

Senator Jim Patrick:

Email: JPatrick@senate.idaho.gov

Mailing address: Idaho Capitol Building, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0081

Telephone: (208) 332-1318

 

Senator Michelle Stennett:

Email: http://www.michellestennett.com/contact/

Mailing Address: Idaho Capitol Building, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0081

Telephone: (208) 332-1353 (Session Only)