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The Energy Services Unit provides assistance to code enforcement officials, design professionals, and the general public on the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State.



The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

There have been many inquiries on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This act, signed by the President in February 2009, was designed to spur economic development and energy conservation and included increasing the stringency of Energy Codes.

ARRA requires participating States to adopt an energy code which meets or exceeds the 2009 International Energy Code (the 2009 IECC) for residential buildings and which meets or exceeds ASHRAE 90.1-2007 for commercial buildings. In response to ARRA, the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) was adopted as the Energy Code in New York State. The 2010 ECCCNYS satisfies ARRA’s requirements, and was effective on December 28, 2010.

In addition, as part of New York State’s plan to achieve compliance with the ECCCNYS in at least 90 percent of all new and renovated residential and commercial building construction, the New York State Department of State has launched a major training and enforcement support initiative. This will assist design professionals and others in the construction industry design and construct buildings that comply with the ECCCNYS and assist local governments in their enforcement of the ECCCNYS.

Provisions of the ECCCNYS that are applicable to one- and two-family dwellings and townhouse are also contained in the 2010 Residential Code of New York State (RCNYS). Both the 2010 RCNYS and the 2010 ECCCNYS have been published and is available for purchase from the ICC at www.iccsafe.orgThis link will open in a new page . The RCNYS and the ECCCNYS were effective on December 28, 2010.

New York State and Compliance with ARRA 2009

New York State is committed to ensuring that at least 90% of residential and commercial buildings comply with the Energy Conservation Code of New York State (ECCNYS) by 2017.
To meet this goal and the requirements of the ECCNYS, BSC, working with NYSERDA, will:

  • Present more than 500 in-person training seminars to be delivered statewide through June 2012 on, ECCCNYS and Energy Code-related topics.
  • Conduct approximately 500 “non-classroom” type inspection and assistance training sessions  
  • Develop online training courses based on these seminars
  • Provide professional certification to individuals through the International Code Council
  • Provide one-on-one training and support to code officials, design professionals and the design–build community
  • Provide tailored information sessions to municipalities on the ECCNYS and above-code compliance
  • Disseminate written guides for code users, field installers, inspectors and contractors.
  • Provide outreach to consumers through trade allies.

Details are available at; www.nyserdacodetraining.com This link will open in a new page



Online Energy Code Training

Energy Code training is now available online and is available through the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. The courses available include:

  • Green Building Strategies - one (1) hour of CEO in-service credit
  • Water-Resistive Barriers - one (1) hour of CEO in-service credit
  • Commercial Envelope - two (2) hour of CEO in-service credit
  • Commercial Electrical Power and Lighting Systems - two (2) hour of CEO in-service credit
  • Commercial Mechanical - two (2) hour of CEO in-service credit
  • Residential Compliance Options - two (2) hour of CEO in-service credit

Click here for more information



Adoption of the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State

The 2010 version of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) was effective on December 28, 2010. All projects permitted after that date are required to comply with the 2010 ECCCNYS. Copies of the 2010 ECCCNYS are available through the International Code Council by calling (800) 786-4452 or by visiting their website at www.iccsafe.orgThis link will open in a new page. For information on this updated code, visit our 2010 Code page.



DOE REScheck and COMcheck Online Training

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has created online training websites for use with their REScheckThis link will open in a new page and COMcheckThis link will open in a new page software.  Use the following links to access the sites:

REScheck online trainingThis link will open in a new page

COMcheck online trainingThis link will open in a new page

Please Note: When using REScheck in New York State, the 2010 ECCCNYS (and not the 2009 IECC) must be used as a reference for the REScheck software. RESCheck Version 4.4.1 and COMCheck Version 3.8.0 (and subsequent versions) can be used for compliance with the 2010 ECCCNYS and are available now at www.energycodes.govThis link will open in a new page


2010 Uniform Code and Energy Code List of Clarifications

2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State

Energy Conservation Construction Code Archive

2007 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State - Clarifications

1991 Energy Conservation Construction Code Archive

Commercial (COMcheck) and Residential (REScheck) Software

Energy Services NEWS


For More Information, Contact:
        Joseph Hill, R.A.
        Assistant Director for Energy Services
        New York State Department of State Division of Building Standards and Codes
        One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1160, Albany, NY 12231
        Phone: (518) 474-4073
        Fax: (518) 486-4487