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Commercial and Multi-family Construction

2018 International Energy Conservation Code
Comment Period

The Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is accepting written comments* on the energy efficiency provisions of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. It applies to all commercial, multi-family residential and industrial construction.

Anyone interested in energy efficiency building codes is encouraged to comment on the newly published code including:

  • commercial and multi-family residential builders;
  • architects and engineers;
  • environmental groups; and
  • municipal, county and other local governmental officials.

Written comments may be submitted in one of three ways:

  • By email
  • In person at the SECO offices:
    LBJ State Office Building, R. 314
    111 E. 17th St.
    Austin, Texas
  • By mail through the U.S. Postal Service to this address:
    State Energy Conservation Office
    Comptroller of Public Accounts
    P.O. Box 13528
    Austin, TX 78711-3528

All comments should be submitted no later than close of business Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

*as authorized by 34 Tex. Admin. Code §19.52

2015 International Energy Conservation Code

Effective Nov. 1, 2016, SECO adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for commercial, industrial and residential buildings taller than three stories. The code applies to R2, R3 and R4 residential buildings and excludes single and two-family residences of three stories or fewer above grade.

Reference: 34 Tex. Admin. Code §19.53

Code History
Effective Dates Codes
Prior to 1999 No mandatory statewide energy code.
Sept. 1, 2001 – March 31, 2011 2000 IECC (with 2001 supplement)
April 1, 2011 – Oct. 31, 2016 2009 IECC
Nov. 1, 2016 2015 IECC