TEXAS HB 3215 & HERS® Raters Energy Code Compliance Leadership Forum

Austin, TX • October 13-14, 2022

This schedule is subject to change. Times shown are in local time (Central Time Zone)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

8 AM – 4 PM Board of Directors Meeting

6 PM – 8 PM Opening Reception

Thursday, October 13, 2022

TimeEvent
7:30 AM - 8:45 AMBreakfast
8:45 AM - 9:00 AMWelcome
9:00 AM - 9:45 AMHouse Bill 3215: What Code Compliance Means for the Future of HERS® Industry

  • How has this legislation come about?

  • How involved was TAB in drafting this legislation and why did the organization feel it was important?

  • HB 3215 has been law now since September 2021. What feedback has TAB received from its members?

  • How can HERS Raters in Texas communicate this new bill to their network?

  • As with all change, there is confusion and misunderstanding. How best can RESNET help HERS raters, builders and other industry stakeholders navigate this change?

9:45 AM - 10:30 AMThe Role of Energy Codes in Net Zero, Decarbonization, and Electrification

  • Many municipalities have adopted more stringent energy codes in pursuit of their climate action plans. Is this strategy still needed once the Carbon Index is launched?

  • Battles over gas and electricity are always prevalent in energy code development and adoption. Given these tensions, do you foresee a way to achieve all-electric homes in the IECC?

  • When considering goals for net-zero energy homes, net-zero carbon homes and all-electric homes, is one more important than the others?
  • The 2021 IECC includes an optional appendix for jurisdictions that may want to require net-zero homes, but it does not address decarbonization or electrification. What role will the IECC take to address decarbonization, and if so, how many cycles do you think it will take?
10:30 AM - 11:00 AMNetworking Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 AMThe Use of RESNET’s Standards in Energy Codes

  • What are some of the ways RESNET promotes grassroots lobbying efforts?

  • What were lessons learned through the process of lobbying for HB3215?

  • For those wanting to replicate HB 3215 in their state, what would an ideal coalition look like? Who are the most important stakeholders to involve?

  • What characteristics have made Texas the model state on this topic?

11:45 AM - 12:30 PMLobbying 101: Grassroots Initiatives for the Rating Industry

  • What are some of the ways RESNET promotes grassroots lobbying efforts?

  • What were lessons learned through the process of lobbying for HB3215?

  • For those wanting to replicate HB 3215 in their state, what would an ideal coalition look like? Who are the most important stakeholders to involve?

  • What characteristics have made Texas the model state on this topic?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMRoundtable Discussions:
HERS Index Compliance Option for My State/local code Jurisdiction’s Energy Code Roundtable

Rating the Embodied Carbon of Home Roundtable

Texas HB3215 10 year HERS Index pathway thresholds - What to know
2:30 PM - 2:45 PMNetworking Break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PMRoundtable Discussions:
Scaling HB3215: Making HERS-as-Code happen in your Community

The Future of HERS Raters, HERS Modelers and RFIs in Energy Code Compliance

Marketing the Gold Standard: How to Reach Texas Code Officials and Builders on HERS Index Option of HB 3215 Roundtable
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Reception

Friday, October 14, 2022

TimeEvent
7:30 AM - 8:45 AMBreakfast
8:45 AM - 9:00 AMWelcome
9:00 AM - 9:45 AMLessons Learned from Stretch Codes

  • Which parties are likely to oppose stretch codes and can understanding their motivation help advocates to address their concerns early?

  • What role do incentives play in stretch codes? Are there examples where they have been used?

  • When considering performance vs. prescriptive compliance, is one of them a better approach for stretch codes?

9:45 AM - 10:30 AMWhat does HB3215 mean for the Appraised Value of a Home

  • How can industry professionals work to educate appraisers on HB3215?

  • Can a builder get credit for added energy features in the appraisal through the HERS Rating if the appraisal happens before the rater’s final test out?

  • How could a builder get credit for the energy features of their homes in the appraisal process?

  • How can HB3215 be a marketing tool for builders, appraisers, and homeowners?

  • Is there an avenue for appraisers to work collaboratively with HERS raters and what is the benefit for both parties?


10:30 AM - 11:00 AMNetworking Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Building Relationship: Connecting HERS Raters to Builders and Code Officials

  • As a HERS Rater, how can I work with my provider and/or rating company to connect with code officials? What opportunities exist for us to work together?

  • How can HERS Raters get involved with training code officials on building science and energy codes?

  • What are the testing and certification requirements to become ICC certified?

  • What can HERS Raters learn from code officials and vice versa?

11:45 AM - 12:30 PMProposal for a New Standard for Embodied Carbon

  • Does this proposal include ways to show credit for carbon sequestering materials? If so, can you give some practical examples that could be adopted at scale?

  • Are there existing tools for determining embodied carbon that could be used to inform the development of this standard?

  • Are there any existing standards that attempt to rate embodied carbon in homes?

  • Embodied carbon can be a contentious topic among manufacturers. What role do you see manufacturers playing in the standard development process?

  • As we wrap up, Embodied Carbon is a broad topic; what are the initial next 5 steps to work through this dynamic topic?

12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM - 3:30 PMSpecial Training Sessions:
ICC/HERS Rater Training
NEHERS Embodied Carbon Session
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMRoundtable Discussions:
Stretch Codes, are they Right for my State?

Energy Codes Industry Roundtable
2:30 PM - 2:45 PMNetworking Break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PMRoundtable Discussions:
RESNET Network Collaboration on Code Adoption

Engaging the HERS Industry in Energy Code Development