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Texas Adopts 2015 Energy Code

Texas Adopts 2015 Energy Code

IECC-2015Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 1736 into Texas law. This will move single-family residential construction across the state from the 2009 code to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

This makes Texas only the 3rd state in the US to adopt the newest energy code.  All local jurisdictions must comply no later than September 1, 2016. Several in North Texas may implement sooner than that.

These new code requirements may RADICALLY alter your build specifications, timelines, and costs!  Cities have until September 1, 2016, but some may not wait that long! Don't get caught unprepared!

Highlights of the New Energy Code:

The 2015 IECC is designed to be 30% more efficient than current state standards.

The new code will impact ALL major aspects of energy use in your projects, including:

REQUIRED:

REQUIRED:

Pass Whole House Leakage Test

R-20 WALLS

R-20 WALLS

Or Foam Board Sheathing

ENHANCED:

ENHANCED:

Stricter Duct Seal Standards & Testing

CEILING VAULTS

CEILING VAULTS

R-30 Minimum - EVEN with FOAM

MANDATORY:

MANDATORY:

HVAC Fresh Air Ventilation for Occupants

REQUIRED:

REQUIRED:

Hot Water Pipe Insulation

REQUIRED:

REQUIRED:

75% LED or CFL Lighting

ENHANCED:

ENHANCED:

Window Spec Requirements

Energy IQ Will Be Your Guide You Through the Code Changes Ahead!

We will be reviewing the 2015 IECC and providing further guidance on what you need to know.  Please give us a call, or stop back by our "De-Coder Ring" blog frequently for more news, information, and analysis!

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