Stringency: Texas' building codes are mandatory for both residential and commercial construction. Residential and commercial buildings must comply with the 2000 IECC with the 2001 supplement. Effective April 1, 2011, commercial and multi-family buildings must comply with the 2009 IECC. State-funded buildings must meet different standards, however: residential construction must meet the 2003 IECC and commercial buildings must meet the ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 standard. For all buildings, jurisdictions can choose to adopt more stringent standards.
Compliance (2013 Survey Responses):
Gap Analysis/Strategic Compliance Plan: NA
Baseline & Updated Compliance Studies: The South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) collaborated with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to conduct a baseline study. The study did not attempt to measure compliance rates per se, nor was it released to the public. The main goal was to determine a starting point for Texas to evaluate compliance, to determine what could be documented and identify next steps.