CH(LEGAL) - SITE MANAGEMENT
Reduction of Energy Consumption
Each political subdivision or institution of higher education, including each college district, shall establish a goal to reduce the electric consumption by the entity by at least five percent each state fiscal year for seven years, beginning September 1, 2019.
Each political subdivision or institution of higher education shall implement all energy efficiency measures that meet the standards established for a contract for energy conservation measures under Local Government Code 302.004(b) in order to reduce electricity consumption by the existing facilities of the entity.
A political subdivision or institution of higher education annually shall report to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), on forms provided by that office, regarding the entity's goal, the entity's efforts to meet the goal, and progress the entity has made. The SECO shall provide assistance and information to the entity to help the entity meet established goals.
A political subdivision or institution of higher education that does not attain the established goals must include in the report justification that the entity has already implemented all available cost-effective measures. An entity that submits a report indicating that the entity has reviewed its available options, has determined that no additional measures are cost-effective, and has already implemented all available cost-effective measures is exempt from the annual reporting requirement if a subsequent report would indicate no change in status. An entity may be required to provide notice that it is exempt to SECO.
Health and Safety Code 388.005(b)–(e)
This section does not apply to a state agency or an institution of higher education that the SECO determines, before September 1, 2007, adopted a plan for conserving energy under which the agency or institution established a percentage goal for reducing the consumption of electricity. The exemption provided by this section applies only while the agency or institution has an energy conservation plan in effect and only if the agency or institution submits reports on the conservation plan each year to the governor, the Legislative Budget Board, and the SECO. Health and Safety Code 388.005(f)
Energy or Water Conservation Measures
The governing board of an institution of higher education may enter into an energy savings performance contract in accordance with this section. "Energy savings performance contract" means a contract with a provider for energy or water conservation or usage measures in which the estimated energy savings, utility cost savings, increase in billable revenues, or increase in meter accuracy resulting from the measures is subject to guarantee to offset the cost of the energy or water conservation or usage measures over a specified period. The term includes a contract related to the pilot program described by Local Government Code (9-a) and a contract for the installation or implementation of the following in new or existing facilities, including all causally connected work:
- Insulation of a building structure and systems within the building.
- Storm windows or doors, caulking or weather stripping, multiglazed windows or doors, heat absorbing or heat reflective glazed and coated window or door systems, or other window or door system modifications that reduce energy consumption.
- Automatic energy control systems, including computer software and technical data licenses.
- Heating, ventilating, or air-conditioning system modifications or replacements that reduce energy or water consumption.
- Lighting fixtures that increase energy efficiency.
- Energy recovery systems.
- Electric systems improvements.
- Water-conserving fixtures, appliances, and equipment or the substitution of nonwater-using fixtures, appliances, and equipment.
- Water-conserving landscape irrigation equipment.
- Landscaping measures that reduce watering demands and capture and hold applied water and rainfall, including:
- Landscape contouring, including the use of berms, swales, and terraces; and
- The use of soil amendments that increase the water-holding capacity of the soil, including compost.
- Rainwater harvesting equipment and equipment to make use of water collected as part of a storm-water system installed for water quality control.
- Equipment for recycling or reuse of water originating on the premises or from other sources, including treated municipal effluent.
- Equipment needed to capture water from nonconventional, alternate sources, including air conditioning condensate or graywater, for nonpotable uses.
- Metering or related equipment or systems that improve the accuracy of billable-revenue-generation systems.
- Alternative fuel programs resulting in energy cost savings and reduced emissions for local government vehicles, including fleet vehicles.
- Programs resulting in utility cost savings.
- Other energy or water conservation-related improvements or equipment, including improvements or equipment related to renewable energy or nonconventional water sources or water reuse.
Each energy or water conservation measure must comply with current local, state, and federal construction, plumbing, and environmental codes and regulations. Notwithstanding the list above, an energy savings performance contract may not include improvements or equipment that allow or cause water from any condensing, cooling, or industrial process or any system of nonpotable usage over which the public water supply system officials do not have sanitary control, to be returned to the potable water supply.
The board may enter into energy savings performance contracts only with persons who are experienced in the design, implementation, and installation of the energy or water conservation measures addressed by the contract.
The contracting and delivery procedures for construction projects described at Government Code Chapter 2269 do not apply to energy savings performance contracts.
Education Code 51.927(a)–(d), (k); Local Gov't Code 302.001(4)
Before entering into an energy savings performance contract, the board shall require the provider of the energy or water conservation measures to file with the board a payment and performance bond in accordance with Government Code Chapter 2253. The board may also require a separate bond to cover the value of the guaranteed savings on the contract. Education Code 51.927(e)
The board may enter into an energy savings performance contract for a period of more than one year only if the board finds that the amount the institution would spend on the energy or water conservation measures will not exceed the amount to be saved in energy, water, wastewater, and operating costs over 20 years from the date of installation. Education Code 51.927(f)
An energy savings performance contract may be financed:
- Under a lease/purchase contract that has a term not to exceed 20 years from the final date of installation and that meets federal tax requirements for tax-free municipal leasing or long-term financing;
- With the proceeds of bonds; or
- Under the contract with the provider of the energy or water conservation measures that has a term not to exceed the lesser of 20 years from the final date of installation or the average useful life of the energy or water conservation or usage measures.
Notwithstanding other law, the board may use any available money to pay the provider of the energy or water conservation measures, and the board is not required to pay for such costs solely out of the savings realized by the college district under an energy savings performance contract.
Education Code 51.927(g)–(g-1)
An energy savings performance contract shall contain provisions requiring the provider of the energy or water conservation measures to guarantee the amount of the savings to be realized by the institution of higher education under the contract. If the term of the contract exceeds one year, the institution's contractual obligations in any one year during the term of the contract beginning after the final date of installation may not exceed the total energy, water, wastewater, and operating cost savings, including electrical, gas, water, wastewater, or other utility cost savings and operating cost savings resulting from the measures, as determined by the board, divided by the number of years in the contract term beginning after the final date of installation. The board shall consider all costs of the energy or water conservation measures, including costs of design, engineering, installation, maintenance, repairs, and debt service. Education Code 51.927(f), (h)
An energy savings performance contract shall be let according to the procedures established for professional services by Government Code 2254.004. Notice of the request for qualifications shall be given in the manner provided by Government Code 2156.002.
The board may contract with the provider to perform work that is related to, connected with, or otherwise ancillary to the measures identified in the scope of an energy savings performance contract.
Education Code 51.927(g-1), (i)
The Coordinating Board, in consultation with the SECO with regard to energy conservation measures, shall establish guidelines and an approval process for awarding energy savings performance contracts. The guidelines must require that the cost savings projected by an offeror be reviewed by a licensed professional engineer who has a minimum of three years of experience in energy calculation and review, is not an officer or employee of an offeror for the contract under review, and is not otherwise associated with the contract. In conducting the review, the engineer shall focus primarily on the proposed improvements from an engineering perspective, the methodology and calculations related to cost savings, increases in revenue, and, if applicable, efficiency or accuracy of metering equipment. An engineer who reviews a contract shall maintain the confidentiality of any proprietary information the engineer acquires while reviewing the contract. A contract is not required to be reviewed or approved by the SECO. Occupations Code 1001.053 and 1001.047 apply to work performed under the contract. Education Code 51.927(i)
The guidelines must require the Coordinating Board to review any reports submitted to the Coordinating Board that measure and verify cost savings to an institution of higher education under an energy savings performance contract; and based on the reports, provide an analysis, on a periodic basis, of the cost savings under the energy savings performance contract to the governing board of the institution of higher education and the Legislative Budget Board until the governing board of the institution of higher education determines that the analysis is no longer required to accurately measure cost savings. Education Code 51.927(l)
Energy Usage Report
A governmental entity, including a college district, shall record in an electronic repository the governmental entity's metered amount of electricity, water, or natural gas consumed for which it is responsible to pay and the aggregate costs for those utility services. The governmental entity shall report the recorded information on a publicly accessible internet website with an interface designed for ease of navigation if available, or at another publicly accessible location. Gov't Code 2265.001
An institution of higher education, including a college district, shall purchase for use in each type of light fixture in an educational or housing facility the commercially available model of light bulb that:
- Is compatible with the light fixture;
- Uses the fewest watts for the necessary luminous flux or light output; and
- Is the most cost-effective, considering the factors described above.
Education Code 51.9271
"Housing facility" means a single- or multi-family residence used exclusively for housing or boarding, or housing and boarding students, faculty, or staff members of an institution of higher learning. The term includes infirmary and student union building, but does not include a housing or boarding facility for the use of a fraternity, sorority, or private club. Education Code 53.02(7)
An institution of higher education, including a college district, shall:
- In cooperation with the comptroller or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) establish a program for the separation and collection of all recyclable materials generated by the entity's operations, including, at a minimum, aluminum, steel containers, aseptic packaging, polycoated paperboard cartons, high-grade office paper, and corrugated cardboard;
- Provide procedures for collecting and storing recyclable materials, provide containers for recyclable materials, and provide procedures for making contractual or other arrangements with buyers of recyclable materials;
- Evaluate the amount of recyclable material recycled and modify the recycling program as necessary to ensure that all recyclable materials are effectively and practicably recycled; and
- Establish educational and incentive programs to encourage maximum employee participation.
"Recyclable materials" includes materials in the entity's possession that have been abandoned or disposed of by the entity's officers or employees or by any other person.
Health and Safety Code 361.425
Certificate of Mold Remediation
If a property owner, including a college district, sells property, the property owner shall provide to the buyer a copy of each certificate of mold remediation issued for the property during the five years preceding the date the property owner sells the property. Occupations Code 1958.154(b); 16 TAC 78.150(e)
An owner, manager, operator, or other attendant in charge of a public swimming pool, wading pool, baby pool, hot tub, in-ground spa, spray fountain, or other artificial body of water typically used for recreational swimming, bathing, or play shall comply with relevant pool safety standards necessary to prevent drowning adopted by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission. Health and Safety Code 341.0645; 25 TAC 265.181–.208
Each public pool and spa shall comply with the drain cover standards found at 15 U.S.C. 8003. "Public pool and spa'' means a swimming pool or spa that is open to the public generally, whether for a fee or free of charge. 15 U.S.C. 8003