Statewide Energy Code Update Bill Passed


AIA Colorado was proud to recently support HB22-1362: Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions, an energy code modernization bill that will result in more use statewide of the 2021 and 2024 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) as the new baseline for energy performance for every new building in Colorado. Representative Tracey Bernett of Longmont introduced the bill and was a strong partner as one of the many stakeholder groups offering input.

The Colorado constitution largely prevents our legislature from implementing strict statewide building codes, but HB22-1362 makes some important changes to what kinds of energy code local building departments can enforce moving forward. What’s not changing is that no local jurisdiction will be forced to update its codes until ready to do so. But when they do, they will have to meet the following requirements depending on the year of their next update:

AIA Colorado worked to ensure that an architect will be one of the 11 state energy code board members selected by the Colorado Energy Office. The Department of Local Affairs will select an additional 10 members. This will create a diverse board including both design and construction professionals and will include members with both commercial and residential experience.

Finally, the state will invest $25 million divided between grants to help install high-efficiency electric heating and appliance upgrades and to help train design/construction professionals, and building department officials/inspectors on how to implement the new energy codes.

AIA Colorado would like to thank members of both our Government Affairs Committee and Committee on the Environment for helping our staff and lobbyist effectively represent the profession at the Capitol as we worked to get HB22-1362 across the finish line. If you have any further questions, contact AIA Colorado Advocacy Engagement Director Nikolaus Remus.

About the Author

Nikolaus Remus, AIA

Nikolaus Remus, AIA, is the Advocacy Engagement Director on staff at AIA Colorado, where he manages state and local advocacy initiatives and monitors legislature that may impact architects. He is the staff liaison to the Government Affairs Committee, Architectural Advocacy Network, and the Academy for Architecture Health Knowledge Community.
A licensed architect, Remus previously spent nine years working at CTA Architects Engineers Denver office. He is a LEED AP with a BD+C specialty.

Before joining the AIA Colorado staff, he was an active AIA member, serving on and chairing the Government Affairs Committee and the Legislative Subcommittee. Remus was a guest lecturer for the Architectural Registration EXAM (ARE) ASAP program, was a mentor lead for the inaugural group mentorship program, and is an A3LC and ULI Colorado member. Contact him at nikolaus@aiacolorado.org.

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