Our goal for bringing you these monthly training & education emails is to offer valuable and convenient learning options during these difficult times that you otherwise might have been unaware of. At SPEER, we strive to advance the understanding and adoption of energy efficiency as a low-cost energy resource, through connecting members and allies, and offering a number of educational opportunities. Throughout our region, we train energy code ambassadors, host local government roundtables that support and bring cities together, properly train building operators to reduce energy consumption, and a number of different training events including both in field training and online webinars. 

Energy Codes Webinar:

Residential High Performance and the Three R's: Resistance, Resilience and Recovery. 

High-performance, energy-efficient homes feature carefully designed strategies to maintain the integrity and functionality of the building envelope. These measures include continuous control layers to block or retard the movement of vapor, water, air, and heat. This presentation explores how these strategies compare and align with features designed to help a building survive and minimize the effects of natural disasters. Disaster-resistant construction techniques will be described. Specific emphasis will be given to flood-hardy homes, which are homes designed to survive and recover from flooding, which is the most common natural disaster in the United States.

Research and recommendations regarding construction best practices for other natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and wildfires will also be provided. Case studies of several award-winning homes from DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program will also be presented with a focus on how these homes, located in different U.S. climate zones, were constructed to achieve both optimal energy efficiency and disaster resistance. 


  • Claudette Hanks Reichel, EdD, Louisiana State University AgCenter
  • Theresa Gilbride, PNNL
August 2020
10:00 - 11:00 AM CST

City Efficiency Leadership Council Summer 2020 Roundtable:  

Gulf Coast - Creating Stronger, Sustainable, More Resilient Communities

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:00-11:00 AM

Changes in construction methods are improving the durability of our homes in the face of severe weather. Over 19,000 homeowners in 17 states have used the nationally recognized FORTIFIED Home resilient construction standard to strengthen their homes and reduce the cost of ownership. FORTIFIED Home is used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and, increasingly, by state and local entities, such as the Texas General Land Office (GLO), to reduce the risk of loss from storms. Learn how beyond-code construction can reduce the likelihood of damage to new and existing homes from both high winds and water intrusion, two leading causes of loss and disruption. SPEER is an ICC Preferred Provider and this training will provide 1 hour of ICC CEU’s.


  • Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO, Smart Home America
  • Alex Cary, FORTIFIED Market Development Manager, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Who: Representatives of public agencies including cities, counties, school districts, and Councils of Governments. While this meeting will have a Gulf Coast regional focus it is open at all public entities across Texas and beyond.

*This meeting is closed to vendors or service providers.

Building Operator Certification: 

Free BOC Informational Webcast

Thursday, August 20 10:30-11:30 AM CST 

Building Operator Certification® (BOC) is the leading training and certification program for building engineers and maintenance personnel. Our graduates make their buildings more comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly.

The BOC credential is just as valuable to building owners as it is to operators. Course graduates help their organizations substantially cut operating costs by as much as $10,000/per grad/per year. Learn more about what this program can offer you. 


Energy Codes Webinar: 

Buried Ducts in the 2018 IECC

Tuesday, August 25 3:00-4:00 PM CST 

The 2018 IECC allows builders and homeowners to realize the added efficiency of partially burying HVAC ducts in the attic insulation. This webinar will discuss the benefits of deeply buried ducts and some of the pitfalls to avoid. We will also look at the code requirements and how to properly incorporate the buried ducts into the IECC performance calculations.


  • Neil Freidberg, Owens Corning

CECL Webinar: 

Energy Efficiency Financing for Public Buildings

Thursday, August 27 9:00-10:00 AM CST

During this webinar the presenters will introduce different funding and financing options and their trade-offs (e.g. internal funding, debt financing, public-private partnerships). Finally, they will discuss funding models’ applicability to different project types and project scales.


  • Cassidy Ellis, Local Government Program Manager, SPEER
  • Charlie Zitnik, Senior Vice President, Public Finance, D.A. Davidson Companies

CECL 2020 Central Texas Summer Roundtable 

San Antonio Water System's Renewable Biogas Plant 

September 1 9:00-11:00 AM 

San Antonio Water System, in partnership with Ameresco Inc. is processing more than 1.5 million standard cubic feet of biogas a day and deliver a minimum of 900,000 cubic feet of natural gas each day to a nearby commercial pipeline to sell on the open market. This partnership enables the "recycled" biogas to be used productively instead of flaring directly into the atmosphere and creates a revenue source for SAWS. Our speaker this month will share details of the partnership and SAWS experience with recycled biogas.

Who: Representatives of public agencies including cities, counties, school districts, and Councils of Governments. Although these event will have a regional focus it is open at all public entities across Texas. This meeting is closed to vendors or service providers.

  • Chris Wilcut, Energy Manager, San Antonio Water System

Codes Field Training: 

Harker Heights Region

Thursday, September 3 2:00-4:00 PM CST

SPEER is getting back out in the field! We will be delivering a 2 hour on-site residential field training in Harker Heights on September 3 from 2-4 pm. During this time we'll meet inspectors from several jurisdictions around the area, share knowledge, and discuss residential construction issues in real time as we see them. The primary focus will be on energy code related items but we will also look at and discuss plumbing, electric, HVAC, grading & draining, flashing details, structural considerations and more... Jason is a recovering building official – he can’t help but look at and discuss everything! Due to the nature of field training and identifying a recently insulated house, the location is still unknown and we will likely not know the address until the day prior or perhaps the morning of. If you live near the Harker Heights area and are interested in joining us, please email our Energy Codes Manager, Jason Vandever, at SPEER is an ICC Preferred Provider and this training will have 2 hours of ICC CEU’s.

2020 Texas Energy Summit 

Stay tuned as more details unfold, and in the meantime mark those calendars for November 16-18.  Learn more about the conference, who should attend, and find past conferences on their website.
Stay informed! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. It is a great resource where you will find archives of our past Energy Codes & Local Governments webinars. 
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