Local city adopts conservation code

November 26, 2013 by  

University City, a community three miles from Olivette, is making headlines as the third city in Missouri to completely adopt a protocol known as the ‘2012 International Energy Conservation Code’, which sets standards for new commercial and residential buildings.

Buildings built under the new code will be inspected more rigorously with regard to ductwork, seals, and insulation. Buildings will also be required to have a larger percentage of high-efficacy lighting. Until now, University City has been following the requirements set out in 2006.

Several people appeared before the City Council on October 28, speaking in favor of the updated code. Among them were students from Washington University, whose apartments will be affected, and Missouri Sierra Club representative Brian Ettling.

Ettling cited a study by the Department of Energy revealing that following the updated code in new construction could slash utility bills by as much as 34%, which translates as a savings of $500 per year for the average homeowner. He also noted that adherence will help lessen people’s dependence on fossil fuels without impacting their quality of life.

Further support came from Rory Ellinger, a state representative, who said the tighter standards would be good for University City in that they would help attract more people to the community, where they would find lower costs, a cleaner environment, and lower energy consumption.

Olivette officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a piece for residents outlining the benefits of the updated code for University City. This would no doubt be a great help should Olivette approve the same law.