The New York state energy code, known as the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) became effective on January 1, 1979. The state energy code was amended for residential buildings in 1989 and substantially rewritten in March 1991. On July 29, 1999, the Governor's Executive Chamber issued a press release announcing an agreement with the state legislature to allow for the state's conversion to a model energy code which was supported by a 1999 DOE State Energy Code Assistance Grant. The 2002 ECCCNYS became effective July 1, 2002.
On January 1, 2008, New York implemented the 2007 ECCCNYS, which included the 2004 IECC supplemental edition with state amendments for residential and commercial buildings. Section 801 allows for the alternative design of commercial buildings using ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Beginning April 9, 2008, all references to ASHRAE 90.1-2001 were replaced with references to ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
On July 6, 2009, Governor David A. Paterson announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved New York's plan for federal stimulus funding through the State Energy Program (SEP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The $123 million in SEP funds will allow the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide additional financial support for the installation of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems across the state. In cooperation with the New York State Department of State, NYSERDA will distribute $4.4 million to support the Governor's effort to adopt more stringent energy codes for buildings. Various implementation and support services will be available to the entire building community, including local jurisdictions charged with implementation of the state energy code, architects, engineers, and homebuilders, to work aggressively to achieve at least 90 percent compliance in the commercial and residential sectors.
On December 28, 2010, the updated Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) became effective statewide. Originally approved in April by the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, a notice of adoption was published in the September 29 edition of the State Register. The updated Uniform Code is based on the 2006 International family of codes, and the 2010 ECCCNYS will be based on the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007, along with several NYS specific enhancements (the previous ECCCNYS was based on the 2004 IECC supplement and ASHRAE 90.1-2004).
This will begin a 90-day transition period for the Uniform Code (per the state’s energy law, the Energy Code has no transition period and is effective right away). Hard and electronic copies of the new 2010 code books are available from ICC, and will soon be available via the Codes Division website.
The state also removed an exception known as the “50% Rule” that exempted commercial renovations, additions, and alterations from being subject to the current state energy code unless the project affected more than half of the building space. The Energy Law of New York State was amended by the New York State Assembly and the Senate, and signed into law on December 13, 2010. It is effective January 1, 2011.
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On November 18, 2014, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to adopt an update to commercial provision of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS). The updated code establishes minimum requirements for energy-efficient buildings using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It makes possible the use of new materials and innovative techniques that conserve energy. The new code is based on the 2012 IECC as modified by the 2014 Supplement. The IECC allows alternative design by with the ASHRAE 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except for Low Rise Residential Buildings, also as modified by the 2014 Supplement. Electronic copies of all the documents are available below.
The ECCCNYS 2014 which will primarily effect Commercial building construction and renovation, has an effective date of January 1, 2015.
Enforcement: According to New York Laws Title 19, Chapter XXXII, section 1202.1: "In general, local governments are charged with the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code). However, a local government has the option to decline that responsibility by adopting a local law to that effect, in which event the responsibility passes to the respective county. Counties are accorded a similar option. If a local government and a county each exercises its option, the statute provides for administration and enforcement of the Uniform Code by the Secretary of State in the place and stead of the local government. Certain other events may also result in administration and enforcement of the Uniform Code by the Secretary of State. This Part establishes the procedures applicable in circumstances in which the Secretary of State must administer and enforce the Uniform Code in the place and stead of a local government or county."