2018 National Energy Codes Conference


Welcome to the 2018 National Energy Codes Conference! This year's event will be held in sunny and musical Austin. Join us for another engaging set of topics, educational sessions, and networking opportunities.

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Event Details:

  • July 15-17, 2018
  • AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Austin, Texas

Agenda Overview

  • Pre-conference Workshops: Sunday, July 15
  • Welcome Reception: Sunday evening
  • Conference: Monday and Tuesday, July 16 & 17
  • ICC Energy Code Workshop: Wednesday, July 18

Summary Program

Full Program (Coming Soon)

Keynote Speaker

Stephen Costello is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Houston. Mr. Costello saw the City through the effects and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which in total caused over $125 billion in damage, much of which was due to extreme flooding in the Houston metropolitan area. He currently serves as a liaison between local, state and federal agencies, and City departments to collaborate and design strategies for resiliency and mitigation of flood risk. We're looking forward to his insight on what they've learned from Harvey, steps they taken in its wake, and the role of resilience in the built environment. Learn more

Poster Session

New this year, we'll feature a poster session during the welcome reception on Sunday evening. Poster space is limited but available for participants who would like to showcase energy code research or case studies during the reception.

To submit a poster request, forward the poster title and a brief description of the research. Selected poster submitters will be contacted and provided additional details.

Workshops and Building Tour

Energy Codes Bootcamp (Sunday, July 15):

This half-day crash course is a primer on all things energy codes, including a sampling of fundamentals, recent code updates, and compliance software training. These classes will be offered at no additional charge, however space is limited and registration is required. Bootcamp Topics:

  • Energy Codes 101
  • What's New in Codes?
  • REScheck & COMcheck Basics

These classes will be offered at no additional charge, however space is limited and registration is required.

Simplified 2018 IECC Training Workshop (Wednesday, July 18):

The International Code Council (ICC) will hold a workshop in conjunction with the 2018 National Energy Codes Conference on July 18th. This new simplified course will provide real world best practices for effectively integrating the IECC into a local buildings department’s work flow. Learn where to start and the key items to address, in addition to:

  • Best practices for simplified energy code compliance and enforcement
  • Effective tools commonly used by local building departments
  • A simplified framework for plan review and field verification
  • Intake and review forms, as well as a simplified inspection guide
  • Preparation for the ICC Residential Energy Inspector certification

Energy Codes 2018 attendees are provided the opportunity to stay an extra day and attend the ICC workshop free of charge. Space is limited and separate registration is required. Learn more and register with ICC.

Offsite Building Tour (TBD):

Details will be available at a later date. If you are interested in attending the tour, please be sure to note this on the registration form.

JOLT Session

Get in on the action during the JOLT session! Tell us about an interesting energy code initiative or challenge you're working on and share your opinions. Anyone can participate, but you get just two minutes to say what's on your mind. The only rule is to keep it kind and respectful, so sign up early, make your point, and avoid the hook! Learn more.

Information on booking a sleeping room at the hotel

A block of sleeping rooms is available at the group rate of $146 per night, plus all applicable taxes (the same as government per diem) on the nights of July 14-16, 2018. Currently the hotel is sold out on Tuesday, July 16th. However, we have found a hotel, in walking distance, and set up a room block for Tuesday night only. Guest rooms at the AT&T Conference Center must be made by Sunday, June 24, 2018 in order to receive the discounted rate. We recommend that you book your guest rooms for Sunday – Monday night as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

You can make your reservations today for the AT&T Conference Center:

Book your group rate for National Energy Codes Conference

Overflow room block for the night of Tuesday, July 16th only – available until July 3 or when room block is sold out.

Continuing Education

Continuing education options are provided for members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and International Code Council (ICC). The DOE Building Energy Codes Program is an AIA and ICC Continuing Education provider, with learning units/credits available for most conference sessions. Pick up forms at conference Registration desk.


Thank you for your interest in the scholarships supported by the International Code Council (ICC) to help offset the costs of attending the National Energy Codes Conference. All support has been exhausted for 2018.

Who Should Attend

Energy code users and participants of all types! Building officials, builders, state energy offices, trade associations, energy efficiency organizations, architects, engineers, policymakers, manufacturers, utilities, code administrators, educators, researchers and more!

Additional Information

More information on keynote speakers, the agenda, and awards will be available in the coming months. Please check back soon!

Things to Do in Austin

Discover all the fun things to do in Austin, including museums, live music, and a variety of local attractions within walking distance of the Conference hotel! Learn more.