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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Last DSIRE Review: 11/27/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Building Energy Code
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Residential Code:2009 International Residential Code (Chapter 11) for all residential construction, one- and two-family residences of three stories or less above grade
Commercial Code:Energy performance standards based on 2009 IECC: mandatory for commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential building.
Code Change Cycle:No set schedule. Texas State Energy Conservation Office must issue a notification in the Texas Register of its intent to adopt an updated energy code.
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 3693 (2007)

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is authorized by HB 3693 of 2007 to adopt the new editions of the International Residential Code (IRC) and IECC if they will result in improved energy efficiency and air quality, based on the analysis and recommendations of the Energy Systems Lab at Texas A&M University. In June 2010, SECO officially adopted updates to both the commercial and residential codes. The new code for one- and two-family homes, which is based on 2009 IRC, took effect January 1, 2012. The new code for other residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, which is based on 2009 IECC, took effect April 1, 2011.

For buildings other than state-owned buildings, energy codes must be adopted by local code jurisdictions to be enforceable. Such adoption is normally achieved through a vote of the city council or the local government adoption process. Depending on the form of government, the mayor may be required to sign the law. Most local jurisdictions adopt either the Standard or Uniform Building Codes as their building code, but a few adopt the National Building Codes (NBC). The energy codes or standards are usually adopted by reference in the applicable building code (e.g., the MEC is adopted by reference in the NBC and in an Appendix of the SBC and UBC). For state-owned or -funded buildings, the provisions are adopted through the state's administrative process of publication, public comment, and hearings.

  Eddy Trevino
Comptroller of Public Accounts
State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
111 E. 17th Street
LBJ State Office Building, Room #1118
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-1876
Phone 2: (512) 463-1931
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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