State: Texas

Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Texas Board unanimously voted to approve proposed amendments

Please find the following code update as received from NEMA. The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board held a meeting on January 8, 2020, where they unanimously voted to approve proposed amendments to Section 73.100 of the Texas Administrative Code updating the mandatory state electrical code to the 2020 edition of the NEC with an effective date of September 1, 2020. The revised Rule will be published in the next issue of the Texas Register opening a 30-day public comment period. These comments will be shared with the Board at their next meeting on May 27, 2020. Please visit the NEMA code alert for additional information.

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TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) proposes amendments to the Industrialized Housing and Buildings Program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 70, §§70.22-70.25, 70.30, 70.60, 70.70, 70.73, and 70.101). The proposed rules implement House Bill (HB) 1385 and HB 2546, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) and make clean-up and clarification changes. (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)