Comptroller Responds to Our Letter on Building Codes

Yesterday, Comptroller Susan Combs responded to our request that she implement the 2012 IECC and IRC Codes by sending the following letter, which does not directly address whether the Comptroller will adopt the 2012 Codes, but seems to indicate they are waiting to see the results of the 2015 Codes:

Dear Dr. Reed:

 Thank you for writing in regard to adoption of the 2012 building energy codes. The Comptroller of Public Accounts – State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is committed to enhancing the efficient use of energy for residential, commercial, industrial and transportation end users, and we appreciate your interest in these important issues.

 

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), Energy Efficiency Chapter and 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) were fully adopted less than two years ago, and required significant changes from the previous code. During that time, SECO has focused on education and training for building professionals and compliance support for local code enforcement authorities to ensure they are educated on the new code. Outreach includes Web resources like the Texas Energy Code Training Center at www.txenergycodetraining.org, which offers on-line training courses and a resource library with training videos, compliance documents, interactive checklists and compliance software.

 

From July 2011 to March 2013, SECO provided 152 training workshops in 33 locations across the state, attracting 2,490 participants. Local code officials, engineers, architects, energy managers, builders and contractors attended workshops focused on the energy code changes in the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC, code compliance software, ASHRAE 90.1 2010, water efficiency standards and strategies to advance high-performance buildings.

 

Additionally, SECO has engaged stakeholders in a Compliance Collaborative facilitated by the Alliance to Save Energy, the Building Codes Assistance Project and South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER). Activities include a compliance gap analysis, survey of current local code adoption and compliance efforts, a baseline compliance report and an educational webinar.

 

I encourage to you to visit and monitor SECO’s Building Energy Codes webpages at www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/tbec or www.txbuildingenergycode.org, where all notices and announcements will be posted. On this page you can also sign up for automatic building energy code news and updates. This site also links to local ordinances, as local jurisdictions are responsible for local building energy code implementation and enforcement, and local communities may enact more stringent codes than the state requires.

 

As you are aware, next month the International Code Council will release the draft 2015 IRC and IECC, which will provide a look at the latest standards as the state monitors developments in building energy codes. These new standards will be reviewed and considered as part of any future updates to the Texas building energy codes.

 

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Dub Taylor, our SECO manager at dub.taylor@cpa.state.tx.us or 512-463-8352. Thanks again for your interest.

 

Sincerely,

 

Susan Combs

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

 

cc:  Dub Taylor

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