Successful Energy Code Training Program in Utah

Nov 8, 2018

For the past 3 years, Nexant Program Manager Becky Robbins has worked on behalf of the State of Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development with funding from Rocky Mountain Power, Dominion Energy, and the Department of Energy to deliver expert training on Utah’s energy code requirements (2015 IECC) and advanced building science to those working in Utah’s building industry. This training program aims to improve energy efficiency in new construction and increase awareness of code requirements.

A recent training last June, “Strategies for Improving the Building Envelope while Meeting Commercial Utah Energy Code,” focused on how to best integrate the layers of a building enclosure to prevent the most common threats to structural integrity and performance: rainwater penetration and moisture ingress.

The two-day training was held June 26 – 27, 2018 in collaboration with Salt Lake City Community College, civil engineering firm Morrison Hershfield, and NOORDA Architectural Metals that specializes in wall paneling and metal roofing installations.   

Training on Energy Code and Advanced Building Envelope in Utah

Training participants learned strategies on how to effectively reduce thermal bridging and improve envelope performance from building science experts Chamonix Larsen and Rick Ziegler from Morrison Hershfield. Local energy code expert Brent Ursenbach, from West Coast Code Consultants, presented detailed information on commercial energy code requirements associated with the building envelope.

The next day, participants attended a half-day, on-site training at NOORDA’s state-of-the-art facility to examine an exterior wall mock-up, and get hands-on training about the correct sequence of layers in a wall panel. NOORDA is currently working on the new Salt Lake City International Airport building project.

Training on Energy Code and Advanced Building Envelope in Utah

Nexant enters into its fourth year providing live and online training, as well as developing additional training resources and materials, including the recent development of a robust new website www.utahenergycode.com, which features access to videos, presentation materials, and code guides. This year alone, we will coordinate over a dozen commercial and residential energy code training classes.