Houston City Council just adopted a new building energy code that will make new homes more energy efficient and make it easier to install solar. The vote was unanimous!
The energy code, the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, will ensure that new residential buildings will comply with state minimum requirements for new construction. Houston also became the state’s first major city to require that new homes be built so that future owners can easily add solar panels if they so choose.
The so-called “solar ready” provision to the new building code means that the roofs of new homes will have the right conditions to add solar panels, and there will be adequate space inside the home to add electrical control equipment for solar panels.