Effective Sept. 1, 2016, SECO adopted the Energy Efficiency Chapter 11 of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) as the state’s Building Energy Efficiency Performance Standards for residential construction (i.e., one- and two-family residences three stories or fewer above grade).
New to the 2015 IRC is the Energy Rating Index (ERI) Compliance Alternative. The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.003 allows this optional compliance method that uses an ERI as follows:
For Climate Zone 2, an energy rating index of:
For Climate Zone 3, an energy rating index of:
For Climate Zone 4, an energy rating index of:
Statutory reference: Health and Safety Code §388.003
|Prior to 1999||No mandatory statewide energy code.|
|Sept. 1, 2001 – Dec. 31, 2011||2000 IECC (with 2001 supplement)|
|Jan. 1, 2012 – Present||2009 IRC, Chapter 11|
|Sept. 1, 2016||2015 IRC, Chapter 11|
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.