SECO is hosting training workshops on ASHRAE 90.1- 2013, the building performance standard required for state-funded buildings. This 6-hour workshop will cover ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The workshop will be interactive and will include several in-class exercises with problems that participants can solve individually or in teams. The workshops are targeted at design professionals, code officials and building owners. Workshops will be in Austin, Houston, Arlington and San Antonio.
These online workshops focus on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The courses are designed to educate and train builders, code officials, architects and engineers on the Commercial Energy and Residential Energy Codes and strategies for compliance.
In 2012, in collaboration with the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), SECO created the Texas Energy Codes Compliance Collaborative. The purpose of this initiative is to support achieving compliance with the state-mandated energy codes.
The collaborative’s mission is two-fold:
This mission will be achieved through the collective efforts of identified market actors to better coordinate actions and policies affecting energy code compliance. Furthermore, participants will identify and prioritize steps needed to achieve full compliance with building energy codes.
For more information about the collaborative and upcoming meeting times, visit the SPEER website.
SPEER has developed an Energy Code Adoption Toolkit to provide resources to support local governments as they move toward adopting new energy codes. The toolkit also supplies the building industry with information, resources, tools and links to other supporting organizations. The toolkit is divided into three main sections, each of which includes links to more in-depth discussion of key topics.
SPEER initiated the Energy Code Ambassadors Program in collaboration with SECO, BCAP, the Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT) and the International Code Council (ICC). This program incorporates direct interaction with trained, experienced code and building professionals who understand the challenges and constraints often faced in attaining energy code compliance. Ambassadors are geographically situated across Texas to provide guidance and peer-to-peer support for the building and enforcement community.
For more information about the collaborative and upcoming meeting schedules, visit the SPEER website.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.