Resources

Everything you need. Right here. We’ve found the resources that matter to you and your team members. From regulations to reference guides to partner lists, we’ve got you covered. 

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Compliance & Adoption Guides

Guides and resolution-templates related to IECC compliance and municipal code adoption. Assisting localities develop and implement energy codes.

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Fact Sheets

Reference guides for energy code topics. Part of SPEER’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible information about energy code compliance 

2015 IECC Compliance Guide for Homes in Texas

2015 IECC Compliance Guide for Homes in Oklahoma

City Code Adoption List

Sample County Order/Resolution

Sample Inspection – Compliance Verification Form

2015 Lighting Requirements

HVAC System, Duct Sealing and Testing

Envelope Sealing and Air Leakage

Insulation R-Value and Installation Quality

HVAC Sizing

Residential Inspection High-Impact Checklist

Residential Plan Review High-Impact Checklist

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County Orders & Resolutions

Counties may adopt an energy code and issue permits. SPEER assists this process with the following tools.

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Local Government Amendments

Our tools help local jurisdictions amendment their energy codes to a more stringent standard than the state requirement.

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Third Party Participation

Performance testing can be performed on every home by certified third-party energy-service providers.  

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Third Party Enforcement

Performance compliance enforcement can be performed by certified third-party energy-service providers.  

PARTNER RESOURCES

Publications, manuals, and tool kits from the SPEER network.

International Energy Conservation Code

This is the most up-to-date released version of the energy code standard from ICC. Includes both residential and commercial building codes.

International Residential Code

Follow this link for the latest version of the standard residential code.

International Building Code

Follow this link for the most up-to-date version of commercial building code requirements.

Manual J: Residential Load Calculation

Utilized in assessing the energy consumption and efficiency of residential properties through heat loss or gained within and outside of the house. 

Manual D: Friction Rate Worksheet

"Manual D is the industry standard for sizing home HVAC return and supply duct & registers. Manual D duct design distributes the correct amount of heating and cooling to each room based on the Manual J load calculation results." www.load-calculations.com

Manual S: Residential Equipment Selection

Manual S is the industry-recognized national standard providing clear instruction for interpreting and applying original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) expanded performance data. It instructs designers on how to select equipment and also sets equipment sizing limits.

Energy Codes

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).

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

Energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) is a method of finance that allows a facility to complete energy-saving improvements within an existing budget by paying for them with money saved through reduced utility expenditures. Facilities make no up-front investments and instead finance projects through guaranteed annual energy savings.

Local Government Energy Reporting

The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) requires each political subdivision in a non-attainment area or an affected county to establish a goal to reduce electric consumption by at least five percent each state fiscal year. In 2019, the 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 241, extending the timeline for this requirement seven years beginning September 1, 2019.

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Disaster Remediation

SPEER’s is closely linked to a massive network of cross-industry professionals, This support system ensures the continued top-notch quality of our indstry-driven performance products.

Hiring a Disaster Remediation Contractor

Natural disasters have a way of bringing out contractors who, either intentionally or unintentionally, due to bad management, do unacceptable work, or never actually complete the work they have been paid to do. Home and business owners can protect themselves by following good practices when hiring contractors.

Homes in Flood Hazard Zones

Prior to beginning reconstruction, homeowners should make sure they know if their home is in a Flood Hazard Zone, also called a Flood Plain. Flood hazard zone status is important because buildings in the “100-year” flood zone where the cost of rebuilding equals or is greater than 50% of the value of the building, must be rebuilt to meet Flood-Resistant Construction standards and may need to be elevated above the base flood elevation.

Rebuilding After a Disaster

In the recovery stage after a disaster, the natural impulse is to immediately begin work on rebuilding and worry about the details later. This can lead to costly mistakes and delays in getting permits or certificates of occupancy. This handout gives builders, contractors, and homeowners some guidance on what is required when rebuilding your home or building.

When is a Permit Required?

Texans along 350 miles of the gulf coast have begun the process of cleaning up and rebuilding homes and businesses. This process is long and often difficult and confusing to home and building owners. This short guide will provide basic information to get the ball rolling toward recovery. These are general guidelines, each city or county may have additional or different requirements. Please contact your local permitting office for more locally specific information.

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Partner List

SPEER’s is closely linked to a massive network of cross-industry professionals, This support system ensures the continued top-notch quality of our indstry-driven performance products.

Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab

The Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory evaluates local amendments to the state energy code for compliance with Texas state law, reports on the impacts of statewide energy codes and provides builder self-certification forms for homes built in unincorporated areas of Texas for builders and raters.

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

SECO is the state agency responsible for implementation of the energy code in Texas; their website offers a number of valuable resources and links. 

Insurance Services Office

A leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk, supporting the adoption of current building codes. They assess community’s codes and enforcement practices, and their ratings impact the local cost of commercial and personal lines of insurance. The assessments place special emphasis on loss mitigation from natural hazards. 

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

ACCA provides free resources for code officials who need to increase their understanding of residential HVAC design tools like Manuals J, D and S. 

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Industry Tools

Reference guides for energy code topics. Part of SPEER’s ongoing commitment to providing the best possible information about energy code compliance 

Builder's Information from TAMU ESL

Self-certification forms for homes built in unincorporated areas of Texas for builders and raters.

National Building Code Assessment Report

From ISO, this report contains valuable information about the state of building code adoption in Texas and Oklahoma and the impact of delayed code adoption and lax code enforcement on hazard insurance rates.

Energy Star Certification

Homes receiving EPA Energy Star New Homes Program certification of energy code equivalency are considered to be in compliance with the state energy code according to Texas state law. The ENERGY STAR New Homes guidelines require that provisions that overlap between the state code and ENERGY STAR must meet the more stringent of the two. ENERGY STAR for New Homes V3.1 is considered equivalent and approximately 8% more efficient than the state energy code.

Code Compliance Software

There are a number of software tools that can assist with energy code compliance. Some, such as RESCheck and COMCheck are free and can be used by anyone. Others like REM/Rate and EnergyGauge are proprietary and must be purchased.

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