Industrialized Housing and Buildings

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Texas Industrialized Building Code Council meeting June 23

The Texas Industrialized Building Code Council met June 23 in Austin. The agenda and the staff report are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Adoption of New Editions of Mandatory Building Codes

The Texas Industrialized Building Code Council approved the adoption of later editions of the mandatory building codes at their meeting of August 22, 2016.  The proposal to adopt the codes was posted in the Texas Register on November 18, 2016.  No comments related to adoption of the codes were received on the proposed changes and the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation approved the rules on January 27, 2017.

The effective date of adoption of the following codes is August 1, 2017.

  • International Building Code (IBC), 2015 Edition
  • International Residential Code (IRC), 2015 Edition
  • International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), 2015 Edition
  • International Mechanical Code (IMC), 2015 Edition
  • International Plumbing Code (IPC), 2015 Edition
  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2015 Edition
  • National Electrical Code (NEC), 2014 Edition
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC), 2015 Edition

Amendments adopted to the above codes can be found on our website.

The following information is also available on our website:

Adoption of amendments to IHB Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the repeal of current rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70, §70.100 and §70.101 and adopted new rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 70, §70.100 and §70.101 regarding the Industrialized Housing and Buildings Program. The adoption justification is online and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of August 1, 2017.

Industrialized Builders are required to present the purchaser of an industrialized house information regarding the limits for filing consumer complaints on industrialized housing and a copy of the final on-site inspection report as defined in 70.10(a) of the administrative rules. TDLR developed a form to help industrialized builders comply with the new administrative rule requirements. Download Consumer Notice, form IHB600. Industrialized builders are not required to use this form, but they are required to notify and provide the consumer specific documents and information in accordance with 70.78(c) of the rules governing industrialized housing and buildings.

Technical Bulletin #IHB TB 12-01, concerning duct testing in residential occupancies, has been revised to clarify that this change affects industrialized buildings that are classified as Group R-2, R-3, and R-4 occupancies as well as one- and two-family dwellings. Download Technical Bulletin #IHB TB 12-01

'Man camp' is the term currently being used in the modular industry to describe buildings constructed for use of employees of companies involved in oil and gas exploration. These are generally transient lodging buildings and related structures such as dining facilities, commercial kitchens, laundry rooms, and recreation buildings. These buildings are generally covered by the IHB law and rules unless they meet the exemptions in §1202.001 through 1202.003. TDLR has prepared a PowerPoint presentation that outlines the requirements of the IHB law and rules as they apply to these buildings. The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed online. The presentation is also available for download as a PDF (963 KB).