Energy Code

New York City and State will implement their new Energy Codes on October 3, 2016. New York State Energy Conservation Code (NYSECC) is based on the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1-2013. The New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) is the adopted version of Local Law 91. Applications filed after October 3, 2016 will be subject to the 2016 NYCECC.

The new code requires many New York residential buildings to increase their air tightness. (more...)

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The DOB released two memos declaring intent to increase penalties for Energy Code violations.

The first memo concerns energy compliance during the construction process. The DOB plans to issue violations that can escalate into class 2 ECB violations, which require proof of a remedy and may carry hefty fines.

During construction, DOB inspectors will scrutinize Energy Code installations such as insulation, windows and lighting with the authorization to issue violations included the dreaded Stop Work Order. (more...)

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As part of its Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, New York City targets its largest buildings for annual energy benchmarking. Backed by Local Law 84, benchmarking requires covered buildings to report their annual usage of water, electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and more.

New York City has identified that 48% of its energy use is concentrated in less than 2% of its buildings. These high energy users are targeted for annual benchmarking. (more...)

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Commissioning is a series of inspections by  registered design professionals certifying energy performance of building systems are compliant with approved construction documents and the New York City Energy Conservation Code. Registered design professionals shall provide evidence of mechanical systems commissioning and completion prior to passing of final inspections. The NYCECC requires commissioning to ensure systems are not exceeding the energy use permitted by the energy and mechanical codes. (more...)

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The New York City Council voted to adopt the ECCCNYS energy code changes proposed by the New York Fire Prevention and Building Code Council of New York State. The changes will have a significant impact in migrating commercial buildings toward the use of more energy efficient LED lighting. Similar changes to promote LED use in residential buildings will likely come when the ECCCNYS revises the residential portion of the code in May of 2015. (more...)

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