Big Changes in the Energy Code

An update to the New York State Energy Code took effect on October 3, 2016. This update impacts the way architects, engineers, contractors, building inspectors, energy raters, and code officials tackle building construction projects.

So what are some of the biggest changes?

Commercial Buildings

  • Additional efficiency package options. Section C406 now includes new options for enhanced lighting controls, dedicated outdoor air systems, and high-efficiency service water heating
  • Open combustion fuel-burning appliances must be enclosed in a room that is totally sealed and thermally isolated from the rest of the building
  • Commissioning requirements, especially for lighting controls, have increased in scope.

Residential Buildings

  • All new buildings must be blower door tested and verified as having a maximum air leakage of three air changes per hour
  • Higher thermal performance requirements
  • Required percentage of high-efficacy lamps (light bulbs) in permanently installed fixtures increases from 50 percent to 75 percent
  • A new compliance path using an Energy Rating Index

Of course, there are more changes. We are here to help. Call (518) 377-9410 to connect to an energy code expert who will provide quick answers five days a week between 8:30AM and 4:30PM or email codecoach@newportventures.net anytime.