leads the nation in electricity from wind turbines
and has vast potential in geothermal, solar and
Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club consists
of over 25,000 members and supporters.
ENERGY: Rebuilding Texas through Building Codes
In 2010, the State
Energy Conservation Office (SECO) raised the minimum energy efficiency
standards for new residential and commercial buildings
by adopting the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC, effective
January 1, 2012.
All Texas cities should be on 2009 standards as
the minimum energy codes for new construction.
currently assessing whether to raise the standards again
to the 2012 IECC and 2012 IRC.
In December of 2011, the
Energy Systems Laboratory reported
that the 2012 IECC and IRC were more energy efficient (see
in February of 2012 they released their analysis
The Lone Star Chapter of the
Sierra Club supports adoption of
the 2012 IECC standards for both commercial and residential construction
as the minimum state standard by June of 2013. (see
Sierra Club comments).
Sierra Club is working with local municipalities
to adopt even more aggressive building standards
related to energy efficiency.
Recently, Houston adopted the 2009 IECC
with a 5% increase, with the goal of adopting the
equivalent of the 2012 IECC by 2014. El
adopted the 2012 IECC as a voluntary standard, while
Austin is scheduled to adopt the 2012 IECC by the end
of the year.