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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.




NEW YORK STATE COMMERCIAL ENERGY CODE UPDATE – COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

Effective January 1, 2015, the technical provisions of the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code applicable to commercial buildings are amended and replaced by a new Commercial Energy Code. The new Commercial Energy Code is based on the 2012 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) and ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010, as modified by the 2014 Supplement to the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. Each of these documents can be found on the Department of State website at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/DCEA/energycode_code.html

APPLICABILITY

The State Energy Conservation Construction Code (which is comprised of the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of NYS) is divided into two parts; a Residential Energy Code and a Commercial Energy Code.  The Residential Energy Code and Administrative provisions of the 2010 ECCNYS remain in effect.  The Commercial Energy Code is replaced in its entirety.  In addition, the 2014 Supplement modifies certain provisions of the 2010 ECCNYS, 2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2010. 

SUBMISSION OF BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS 

Building permit applications for new commercial buildings or existing commercial building renovation projects submitted on or after January 1, 2015 shall be subject to the new Commercial Energy Code.  Building permit applications submitted prior to January 1, 2015 that are determined by a municipality to be “complete” shall be subject to the previously applicable commercial energy provisions of the State Energy Conservation Construction Code.  Administration and enforcement of the State Energy Conservation Construction Code, including determination of complete building permit applications, is the responsibility of the local or state authority having jurisdiction.

USE OF AUTOMATED SOFTWARE (COMCheck)

An updated NYS specific version of COMCheck, based on the 2012 IECC as modified by the 2014 Supplement to the State Energy Conservation Construction Code, is currently being developed by the United States Department of Energy.  It is anticipated that the updated NYS specific COMCheck software will be available by February 1, 2015.  However, the current version of COMCheck (Version 3.9.3.2  or newer) can be used to determine compliance with ASHRAE 90.1-2010, which is an acceptable compliance path of the new Commercial Energy Code, as follows:

  1. Open the COMCheck Form –Version 3.9.3.2 or newer.
  2. Click on the “Code” drop down tab at the header of the form.
  3. Select ASHRAE 90.1 (2010) Standard.



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


Energy Conservation Construction Code Archive

2007 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State - Clarifications

1991 Energy Conservation Construction Code Archive


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