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Texas Training Assessment

Texas Training Assessment

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Energy Code
Training Assessment Texas
January 2012
Prepared by the Building Codes Assistance Project forthe Texas State Energy Conservation Office and AppleEnergy Group, Inc.
Energy Code Training Assessment, Texas 2 
Executive Summary
This Energy Codes Training Assessment Report provides the Texas State Energy Conservation Office(SECO)
with a current, short-term status of energy code training in Texas and a proposed, advanced- orlong-term training strategy moving forward after the initial, introductory training is delivered by thisproject. This document identifies additional training needs and supplemental materials in addition tothose materials delivered by Apple Energy Group and BCAP through this project. This TrainingAssessment Report has been completed specifically for the project “SECO Building Energy Code Trainingand Outreach Services.”The two principal goals of this report are to review Texas’ near term training efforts, in order to informthat training effort, as well as to develop recommendations for long term training strategies for theconstruction industry stakeholders in the state:
Near term is defined as applicable to the training to be held through January 2012, and inresponse to the implementation of the 2010 Edition of the Building Energy PerformanceStandards (BEPS), which became mandatory on January 1, 2012
Long term is defined as applying to recommendations for improved energy code compliancestatewide, for 2012 and beyond.This assessment provides:
A review of the 2011 training efforts and recommendations for training to meet the 2010 BEPSand towards improving industry compliance with the code towards 90%.
Feedback from stakeholders, many of whom were in attendance for at least one trainingsession, as well as a stakeholder meeting hosted by Apple Energy on the state’s current trainingefforts, and finally, in-depth interviews with over 20 other stakeholders representing allstakeholder groups across the state.
Numerous recommendations including the top four that will provide the largest impact for theleast amount of funding.
Energy Code Training Assessment, Texas 3 
Current Status of Training Programs in Texas
In June 2010, Texas updated its Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) to reflect Chapter 11 of the 2009 IRC for residential requirements, and Chapter 5 of the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 for commercial requirements. The 2010 BEPS, which as of January 1, 2012 became effective for allnew private construction, advances the previous energy code by three cycles, and hence requires atraining overhaul to get Texas’ construction community up to speed. Realizing this need, SECOcontracted to Apple Energy Group to provide training, which began in August 2011, and will run throughJanuary 2012.
Basic Training Sessions
Apple Energy Group conducted half-day training sessions which cover the basic provisions of either thecommercial provisions of the 2010 BEPS or the residential provisions. In total, Apple Energy Grouphosted 100 trainings throughout 33 cities in Texas. The training was highly targeted at building codeofficials statewide; however, significant participation also came from building professionals. To ensurethat participants would be motivated to “take-away” useful information from the training, a nominal$20 fee was charged per person, which helped defray SECO’s cost. Added participant incentivesincluded a 2009 IECC code book or 2009 IECC/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 combo book and relevantprofessional Continuing Education Units (CEUs).The content for these trainings was developed by the Building Codes Assistance Project and AppleEnergy Group with consultation from Building Performance & Comfort, Inc., and Kent Browning, theprincipal trainers. It was decided, based on feedback from the initial stakeholders meeting and SECO,that the sessions would be three hours in length, each course providing an overview of the basicrequirements of the commercial or residential sections of the 2010 BEPS. In addition, an advocacycomponent was included to ensure each attendee understood the importance of the code andcompliance with it.As one measure of the success of the training, course evaluation feedback from the attendees wasextremely high, especially considering that course attendance was not free. As figure A indicates, 97%of the total attendees were satisfied (scored a 4 or 5 out of 5) with the knowledge and effectiveness of the presenter, and over 91% satisfied with the value of the course content.

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