2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State


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2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State

Energy Code FAQ's

The Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS 2010) addresses the design and construction of energy-efficient building envelopes and the installation of energy-efficient mechanical, lighting and power systems through requirements emphasizing performance. This comprehensive 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 ECCCNYS 2010 has an effective date of December 28, 2010.

The ECCCNYS 2010 is available from ICC at www.iccsafe.org or by telephone at (800) 786-4452.

Commercial buildings must be designed by Chapter 5 of the ECCCNYS 2010. Section 501 allows alternative design by ASHRAE 90.1-2007, Energy Standards for Buildings, Except for Low Rise Residential Buildings.

ASHRAE 90.1-2007 is available from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc. at www.ashrae.org or by telephone at (800) 527-4723.


Compliance Overview


For residential and commercial building designs, multiple methods are available to document compliance with the ECCCNYS 2010 for construction permit applications submitted on or after the effective date of December 28, 2010.

        

        Note: When within the jurisdiction of the City of New York, refer to the Building and Electrical Codes of
         the City of New York for additional requirements.

Documentation that must be submitted is explained in Section 103 of the ECCCNYS 2010 and includes:
  • Construction documents and other supporting data submitted to the code official and prepared by a registered design professional as required by Articles 145 and 147 of the Education Law.
  • Construction documents of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed, and showing in sufficient detail pertinent data and features of the building, systems, and equipment as governed by the ECCCNYS 2010. Details shall include, but are not limited to, insulation materials and their R-values; fenestration U-factors and SHGCs; system and equipment efficiencies, types, sizes and controls; duct sealing, insulation and location; and air sealing details.

Software Approach

New York State specific versions of the software supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) known as REScheck and COMcheck are user preferred methods for demonstrating compliance with the ECCCNYS 2010. These compliance paths are codified in Section 101.5 of the ECCCNYS 2010.

The software approach does the same calculations as the worksheet approach but automates the procedure using Windows based software. An additional feature only found in the software and worksheet approaches allows designers to trade off insulation levels, glazing and door U-values for higher mechanical efficiencies.

The software generates a report that is suitable for plan checking and field inspection. The computer software generated compliance report is submitted with the building plans to the code official (see Documentation below).

Download REScheck and COMcheck for free.



Book Approach

Residential. Multiple compliance paths are given in Chapter 4 of the ECCCNYS 2010, and in Chapter 11 of the Residential Code of New York State (RCNYS 2010). The plans submitted must show adherence with the requirements of one of the compliance paths. Submissions developed by a designer and based upon any of the various compliance paths found in the ECCCNYS 2010 itself may be provided to show compliance.

Commercial. (Buildings over 3 Stories) Commercial buildings must be designed by Chapter 5 of the ECCCNYS 2010. Section 501 allows alternative design by ASHRAE 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except for Low Rise Residential Buildings.

Chapter 5 Building Design for Commercial Buildings is an alternative Envelope Prescriptive Method where building glazing < 50%.