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Legislative Documents

Documents prepared by the Energy Systems Laboratory to fulfill TERP Legislative Objectives
Energy Systems Laboratory stringency review of the latest published editions of building energy codes in comparison to the Texas Building Energy Performance Standards (TBEPS), for consideration for adoption by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)

  • Aug 2014 - Letter to SECO regarding the stringency of the 2015 IRC,Chapter 11, and the 2015 IECC vs. the 2009 codes. letter (PDF)
  • Aug 2012 - Final recommendation to SECO, including stringency analysis & review of public comments, regarding the 2012 IRC, Chapter 11, and the 2012 IECC vs. the 2009 codes. recommendation (PDF)
  • Aug 2012 - Detailed stringency analysis of suggested amendments to Chapter 11 of the 2012 IRC and the 2012 IECC that were submitted to SECO during March 30-April 30, 2012 comment period report (PDF)
  • Dec 2011 - A comparison of building energy code stringency: 2009 IECC vs. 2012 IECC for commercial construction in Texas. report (PDF) Revised July 2012
  • Dec 2011 - A comparison of building energy code stringency: 2009 IRC vs. 2012 IRC for single family residences in Texas. report (PDF) Revised August 2012
  • Dec 2011 - Letter to SECO regarding the stringency of the 2012 IRC, Chapter 11, and the 2012 IECC vs. the 2009 codes. letter (PDF)
  • Oct 2011 - Letter to DOE in response to Building Energy Codes Cost Analysis notice in Federal Register. letter (PDF)
  • May 2011 - General memo and information on 15% above-code energy efficiency measures for residential buildings in Texas, relevant to the 2009 codes. Memo (PDF).
  • Sep 2009 - Final recommendation to SECO, including stringency analysis & review of public comments, regarding the 2009 IRC, Chapter 11, and the 2009 IECC vs. the 2000 codes + 2001 supplement. recommendation (PDF)
  • Feb 2009 - Letter to SECO regarding the stringency & review of public comments of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 vs. the 2000 IECC + 2001 supplement. letter (PDF) to SECO.
  • Feb 2009 - Letter to SECO regarding the stringency of REScheck Code Compliance Software (v4.2.0) vs. the 2000 codes + 2001 supplement. letter (PDF) to SECO.
  • Feb 2008 - Final recommendation to SECO, including stringency analysis & review of public comments, regarding the 2006 IRC, Chapter 11, and the 2006 IECC vs. the 2000 IECC + 2001 supplement. recommendation (PDF) to SECO.
  • Aug 2007 - General memo and information on 15% above-code energy efficiency measures for residential buildings in Texas, relevant to the 2000 codes + 2001 supplement. memo (PDF).
  • Aug 2007 - - General memo and information on 15% above-code energy efficiency measures for commercial buildings in Texas relevant to the ASHRAE Standard 90.1-1999. memo (PDF).
Energy Systems Laboratory stringency review of proposed local building energy code amendments

  • Dec 2011 - Letter to the City of Houston regarding the 2009 Houston Residential Amendments.letter (PDF)
Other related documents
  • Aug 2002 - Interim Report, by the Texas Senate Committee on Environmental Quality, on Texas Compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act and Establishment of Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Advisory Committee. Report (PDF) for the Texas Senate Committee on Environmental Quality