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In this Newsletter:

  • Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) Q2 Open Meeting
  • 3 upcoming code webinars
  • Call for training presentations & speakers
  • SPEER Annual Workshop
  • Edmond In-field training recap
  • What we're reading & past webinar recaps

Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) Meeting: June 23

Mark your calendars!


Our second quarterly Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) meeting for 2023 is scheduled for this Friday, June 23rd. We’re excited to host speakers from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) from Texas A&M University, who will provide an update on 2021 IECC training taking place across Texas this year.

Importantly, this meeting serves as a critical platform for all our stakeholders. We highly value your active participation, as it drives the evolution of our energy training and education. In this spirit, we’ll be facilitating a robust discussion on the current developments regarding the adoption and enforcement of the 2021 IECC. Your input is instrumental in steering these discussions and shaping future developments. Join us! We’d like to hear from you! In the meantime catch a recap of last quarter's recording on our YouTube page.

Register Now and Join the Discussion

Upcoming Webinars

Understanding TABLE R402.4.1.1


This comprehensive presentation is centered around Table R402.4.1.1 of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), an important resource for understanding the insulation and fenestration requirements, as well as the sealing methodology for constructing energy-efficient buildings.


When: 11:00 AM Thursday, June 22nd 

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Evaluating & Understanding Manual J and S Reports


Join us for a dive into the world of Manual J and S reports, which are now part of the standard review process for city plan reviewers. Our expert presenter, Alex Meaney, will guide us through the intricacies of these essential reports, highlighting key points of attention and potential areas of concern.


This webinar represents a unique chance for plan reviewers to elevate their knowledge and understanding of these critical tools. It’s designed to equip you with the necessary insights to evaluate HVAC system loads and sizing accurately, thereby facilitating well-informed permit decisions. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your permit department’s professional skillset, gain a more comprehensive understanding of Manual J and S reports, and ultimately ensure the accurate assessment of HVAC systems. Presenter: Alex Meaney with Mean HVAC


When: 11:00 AM Thursday, June 29th (1.5 hours) 

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Code Requirements for HVAC? We’ve Been Doing this for 39 years (Rerun)


Sometimes all you need to know is how they did it in the past to do it right today. When it comes to HVAC installation, nothing could be further from the truth. “That is the way I’ve always done it” is not a good reason to keep doing it that way. Better thermal envelopes, known infiltration and duct leakage, more sophisticated equipment as well as a variety of other factors make it more important than ever to install code-compliant HVAC systems. Unfortunately, code-compliant HVAC is the exception rather than the rule. Code Officials must step up and demand properly designed and installed HVAC systems.  

*Note this is a re-run and originally aired in August of 2021. The presenter was Brett Dillion from the Dillion Group.


When: 11:30 AM Thursday, July 20th (1.5 hours) 

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For all upcoming webinars, trainings, workshops, and other educational events please visit or bookmark our calendar events page to stay up to date on our offerings!

Call for Presentation Topics + Speakers

We want to hear from you! Is there something specific you would like us to dive deeper on? Are there topics that we have not addressed or questions that we can clarify and provide more insight on during a webinar or training? Please provide input on our request form so that we can better tailor building code and efficiency topics for upcoming webinars and training.

SPEER is also seeking esteemed speakers and individuals with a passion for knowledge sharing. If you are or know an an Energy Conservation Code expert or related topic and would like to present on our energy codes webinars please constant us!

SPEER's Annual Workshop

Mark your calendars for SPEER’s annual Policy + Industry workshop on September 14-15th in Austin. I, along with Jason Vandever of NAIMA, will be facilitating a session of Friday morning, where we will delve into the recent trends we've observed in the adoption of the 2021 IECC across Texas, Oklahoma, and the rest of the US.


Before the Workshop officially begins, we'll convene our yearly in-person Texas Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (TECCC) meeting at the hotel on Thursday, Sept. 14th from 10:15-11:45 AM prior to lunch. This will provide a platform to continue our candid conversations about the current state of Energy Code Compliance across Texas and Oklahoma. We plan to address the hurdles and impediments that have hindered cities from adopting the most recent cycle of the Energy Code. Interested in attending this TECCC meeting? Please email Liz John, ejohn@eepartnership.org or Todd McAlister, tmcalister@eepartnership.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Where?

Archer Hotel: 3121 Palm Way, Austin, Texas 78758

Book your room through our room block now

Who can you expect to be there?

Utilities, manufacturers, local governments, energy service providers, and implementers to name a few.

Save Your Spot!

Edmond, Oklahoma In-field Training Recap

During this exciting training earlier this month, we engaged with builders, construction managers, building officials and others from Edmond as well as the surrounding cities. Members of the OUBCC and CIB of Oklahoma were also present as we focused on the 2018 and 2021 IECC and ENERGY STAR for Homes program. We thoroughly dissected the requirements of each program and highlighted their differences. A practical segment of the training involved a visual inspection of a pre-insulation (air sealing) and an insulated (predrywall) house. This exercise proved to be highly interactive, fostering conversations around Energy Code compliance. We also delineated the difference between a house seeking ENERGY STAR certification and a house simply meeting code requirements.


The training was well received, and the feedback was extremely positive. I'm looking forward to having a chance to visit Edmond and other cities in Oklahoma in the near future. If you are interested in scheduling an in-field training near you please reach out to me at rplumlee@eepartnership.org!

Noteworthy

What We're Reading:


What to Consider When Choosing Insulation - Fine Homebuilding

Great article that gives a breakdown on the pros and cons of most insulation products on the market today. They used several criteria to profile each product including R-value, air permeability, vapor permeability, moisture tolerance, ease of installation, global-warming potential, cost, and toxicity. If you’re looking to insulate or just curious how each product stacks up, this is a must-read.

What We're Watching:



How to Read IECC Reports – Always a great review for plan reviewers. Presented by Robby Schwarz from BuildTank

Meeting Codes and Standards for Direct-Vent Gas Fireplaces – A great overview of direct-vent gas Fireplaces. Presented by Sean Anderson from Ortal USA

We want your input!

AESP and its partners (SPEER) are launching a series of courses to equip energy efficiency and demand management professionals with content related to grid-interactive energy technologies. Tomorrow's energy grid is here - but our workforce is unprepared. Your feedback will help develop a new online, Flexible Demand Management Workforce Training and Learning series on ways to design & implement education.


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