HB 1736

84(R) - 2015
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Jason Villalba


Rene Oliveira

Bill Caption

Relating to building energy efficiency performance standards.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

(The second chamber sponsor is Senator Fraser.)

HB 1736, if passed, would modify the Health and Safety Code (Section 388.003) related to energy efficiency standards. Namely, the bill would state that future State Energy and Conservation Office energy codes would be based on the findings of the Energy Systems Laboratories on stringency of energy code editions. The agency could choose to amend or establish an energy rating index before adopting the new edition of the index. New editions could be adopted no more frequently than once every six years. The bill also contains additional specific and technical language regarding Energy Rating Index Zones.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Given that there already exists in code language relating to the adoption of energy efficiency standards, we find no issue with more stringent specifics being added to the code. As such HB 1736 would not adversely affect our principles and we remain neutral on this legislation.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Association of Builders
Texas Association of Realtors
Texas Chemical Council

Organizations Opposed

Environment Texas