Energy Code

​​​​The What and Why of the new State Energy Code

Which structure types have to comply with thenew State Energy Code?

  • One and Two Family Dwellings
  • Multi-Family (3 stories and less)
  • Additions, Alterations, Renovations, Repairs

Exempt Buildings

  • No Conditioning
  • Historical

Residential New Construction Code - Single-family residential construction. Effective January 1, 2012, the energy efficiency provisions (Chapter 11) of the International Residential Code as they existed on May 1, 2009, are adopted as the energy code in this state for single-family residential construction as it is defined in Health and Safety Code, §388.002(12).

Remodeling Code -
101.4.3 Additions, alterations, renovations or repairs. Additions, alterations, renovations or repairs to an existing building, building system or portion thereof shall conform to the provisions of this code as they relate to new construction without requiring the unaltered portion(s) of the existing building or building system to comply with this code. An addition shall be deemed to comply with this code if the addition alone complies or if the existing building and addition comply with this code as a single building. 2006 IRC- R102.7.1 Additions, alterations or repairs to any structure shallconform to the requirements for a new structure without requiring theexisting structure to comply with all of the requirements of this code.

The new code requires;

  • Provide a full energy analysis/plan (at plan stage and or for permit submission)
  • Perform quality installation inspections of Insulation, Lights and HVAC (at rough and final)
  • Complete a thermal bypass inspection (at rough and final)
  • Complete a specification installation inspection (at rough and final)
  • Complete a blower door test (at final)
  • Complete a Duct Blast (at rough or final)
  • Complete the Energy Certification form (at final)