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Update: The session has been moved to the Tolkien Room at the Salida Regional located at 405 E Street, Salida.

Chaffee County government and Colorado Energy Office consultants have announced an information session regarding the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which is due to be adopted. The session is set for 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, in the Commissioners Meeting Room at 104 Crestone Avenue in Salida.

The session is geared for architects, developers, planning designers, builders, or contractors who work in Chaffee County. While the session is directed to trade professionals affected by these code changes, it is also open to the general public.

Discussion topics will include:

Why is Chaffee County adopting new codes?
What to expect from a new code adoption
State legislative requirements
High level overview of the Energy Code and changes from the 2006 to 2021 IECC
County Code adoption and implementation timeline
Training opportunities
Questions & Answers

Code Background

In 2019 the Colorado Legislature passed HB19-1260 (codified at CRS 30-28-201-2011 et seq.). It requires local jurisdictions such as Chaffee County to adopt one of the three most recent versions of the IECC upon updating or adopting any other building code.

In order to comply with the state statutory mandates and advance local energy efficiency efforts, Chaffee County is currently working to adopt the 2021 IECC. The updates, which will become effective in January 2024, will affect construction occurring in both the unincorporated county and the municipalities of Salida, Buena Vista, and Poncha Springs, as established through an Intergovernmental Agreement aligning local building codes implementation.

The meeting led by county staff and advisors from Colorado Energy Office will cover the major considerations for the code update. The county has been operating since 2007 based on the 2006 IECC version. The forthcoming 2021 IECC version could be considered a major leap.

Meeting attendees can attend in person in the second floor BoCC chambers, or virtually. The session will also be streamed virtually; pre-register at

Those who cannot make the July 25 meeting but are interested in viewing the recording, can reach out to for the link. Additional questions regarding the Code adoption should be directed to the Chaffee County Building Safety Department at 719-539-2124 or