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Colorado Revised Statutes Title 30. Government County § 30-28-211. Energy efficient building codes--legislative declaration--definitions

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(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that there is statewide interest in requiring an effective energy efficient building code for the following reasons:

(a) Excessive energy consumption creates effects beyond the boundaries of the local government within which the energy is consumed because the production of power occurs in centralized locations.

(b) Air pollutant emissions from energy consumption affect the health of the citizens throughout Colorado.

(c) The strain on the grid from peak electric power demands is not confined to jurisdictional boundaries.

(d) There is statewide interest in the reliability of the electrical grid and an adequate supply of heating oil and natural gas.

(e) Controlling energy costs for residents and businesses furthers a statewide interest in a strong economy and reducing the total cost of housing in Colorado.

(f) More recent energy codes are more effective at ensuring building durability and structural integrity and protecting public health and safety through better:

(I) Moisture management to prevent mold, mildew, and rot;

(II) Airflow management;  and

(III) Protection during severe weather.

(g) More recent energy codes incorporate newer building technologies, techniques, and materials and offer more options for builders.

(h) Businesses and residents in low-income communities and rural areas of the state deserve at least the same durability, health and safety, and energy cost savings from energy efficient buildings as those in wealthier, urban, and suburban areas of the state.

(2) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Building code” means regulations related to energy performance, electrical systems, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, or other elements of residential or commercial buildings.

(b) “Energy code” means, at a minimum, one of the three most recent versions of the international energy conservation code published by the international code council.

(c) “Office” means the Colorado energy office created in section 24-38.5-101, C.R.S.

(3) Every board of county commissioners, when adopting or updating a building code pursuant to section 30-28-201, shall adopt and enforce an energy code that applies to the construction of, and renovations and additions to, all commercial and residential buildings in the county to which the building code applies.

(4) The energy code shall apply to any commercial or residential building in the county for which a building permit application is received subsequent to the adoption of the energy code.

(5) The following buildings are exempt from subsections (3) and (4) of this section:

(a) Any building that is otherwise exempt from the provisions of the building code adopted by the board of county commissioners of the county in which the building is located and buildings that do not contain a conditioned space;

(b) Any building that does not use either electricity or fossil fuels for comfort heating. A building will be presumed to be heated by electricity even in the absence of equipment used for electric comfort heating if the building is provided with electrical service in excess of one hundred amps, unless the code enforcement official of the county determines that the electrical service is necessary for a purpose other than for providing electric comfort heating.

(c) Historic buildings that are listed on the national register of historic places or Colorado state register of historic properties and buildings that have been designated as historically significant or that have been deemed eligible for designation by a local governing body that is authorized to make such designations;  and

(d) Any building that is exempt pursuant to the energy code.

(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the board of county commissioners of a county that is required to adopt or update an energy code may make any amendments to the energy code that the board deems appropriate for local conditions, so long as the amendments do not decrease the effectiveness or energy efficiency of the energy code.

(7)(a) The office shall ensure that information explaining the requirements of the energy code and describing acceptable methods of compliance is available to builders, designers, engineers, and architects.

(b) The office shall provide boards of county commissioners with technical assistance concerning the implementation and enforcement of the energy code.

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