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Sustainable Building Ad Hoc Advisory Committee

Build Better Program

*Attention: This board has served its function and no longer exists. The following information is for reference.


On October 25, 2010, the Council adopted 1) the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), effective January 1, 2012, and 2) the Build Better Program as a voluntary program during an introductory period between January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012. The Council will review the Build Better Program again prior to January 1, 2012 to decide whether the program will become mandatory in 2012.

The program is the 2009 IECC with a few changes. Residential and commercial buildings built in accordance to the program will be built 10% more energy efficient than the 2009 IECC and will use the performance path, allowed by the 2009 IECC, to show compliance.

For more information please contact Mariel Platt, Hailey Planner, at mariel.platt@haileycityhall.org or 788-9815, ext. 24.

About the Committee

Hailey’s City Council approved the creation of the Sustainable Building Ad Hoc Advisory Committee in November of 2008. The Committee’s make-up consist of professionals from diverse fields within the community, related to or having an interest in sustainable development. The Committee will help promote sustainable building and development strategies by serving as a sounding board, recommending sustainable or “green” updates to the building, zoning, and subdivision codes, serving as the line of communication between the city and Hailey’s citizens, and researching various options and policy mechanisms and determining their feasibility.

The creation of the committee is in response to a recommendation by Hailey’s Environmental Leadership Program (HELP) that the city’s sustainability efforts would be most efficiently directed towards updating building and zoning codes. Buildings (both commercial and residential) account for 38% of the U.S.’s overall energy consumption –
on average more than transportation. Therefore, it makes sense to curtail impacts where consumption is greatest.

HELP has been working towards creating incentives for commercial and residential projects, hoping to make green building easier and more attractive in Hailey, while promoting and incentivizing buildings and buyers to seek a higher standard of energy efficiency and sustainability than what is currently required. In addition to the recently passed ENERGY STAR for residential building program, it is HELP’s recommendation that more incentives be created, while moving towards requiring sustainable building and development standards, much like communities such as Boise, Teton County and Aspen,
which have all adopted or are in the process of adopting various policy mechanisms and standards.

Developing a broader, more comprehensive range of green development incentives and requirements is a large task and will require buy-in from the building and development industries, as well as the public at large. In an effort to create practical incentives and requirements supported by the community, an ad hoc advisory group made up of professionals throughout the community will play an essential role.

Committee Members

Richard Meyer                                            Chip Maguire

Garth Callaghan                                          Jay Cone

Jolyon Sawrey                                            Craig Barry

Troy Quesnel                                             Brian Bothwell

Mat Hall                                                     Ward Grey

Introduction to Committee and various "green" building programs

Steps taken by other Communities

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Presentations and Reports

October 25, 2010 Council meeting documents

Build Better, Build Smart Community Series

  1. July 22, 2010 - 6-7:30pm, Hailey City Hall
  2. August 12, 2010 - 6-8:15pm, Community Campus
  1. September 25, 2010 - 11am-5pm, Hailey Masonic Lodge

       For more information call Mariel Platt, 788-9815, ext. 24.

April 26, 2010 - Committee's Recommendation, presented to City Council.

March 22, 2010 - Results from Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Demonstration

October 2009 - David Neiger, Populus Sustainable Design Consulting - Boulder, CO

June 16, 2009 - Green Building: The Real Story

Future Meetings

There is no future committee meeting scheduled at this time.

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Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes have NOT been created for meetings that involved presentations to stakeholder groups or development of presentation materials.

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