Starting in January 2012, residents of Midland, Texas will need to adhere to additional requirements when renovating their homes.
The City Council has passed an update to the energy code that requires new home additions or alterations to meet added energy requirements for insulation, windows and exterior doors.
Last year, Texas adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). All new commercial construction had to be in compliance with the code as of April 1. Residential construction will have to be in compliance after Jan. 1, according to the state law.
Currently, residential additions and alterations are exempt from meeting the new energy standards. The changes mean homeowners will be required to use energy-efficient windows, and exterior doors will have to meet energy-efficient standards.
People replacing single windows will not be required to meet the new code.