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NYS UNIFORM CODE AND ENERGY CODE UPDATES
Notice of Proposed Rule Making
The Division of Building Standards and Codes is pleased to announce that proposals to update the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code) were published in the November 25, 2015 edition of the New York State Register, commencing a public comment period that will end on February 5, 2016. As part of the public comment period, hearings will be conducted in Albany, Hauppauge, Syracuse and Buffalo for both the Uniform Code and Energy Code proposals and an additional hearing will be conducted for the Energy Code proposal in New York City. Comments received during this period will be presented for final consideration by the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council on March 9, 2016.
The Uniform Code proposal is based upon provisions of the 2015 editions of the International Residential Code, International Building Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Fire Code, International Property Maintenance Code, and International Existing Building Code (the “2015 ICC Codes”) and the Energy Code proposal is based upon the provisions of the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (the “2015 IECC”) and the 2013 edition of the Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (the “ASHRAE 90.1-2013). Certain provisions in the 2015 ICC Codes will be amended by the 2016 Uniform Code Supplement published by the Department of State (DOS). Certain provisions of the 2015 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 will be amended by the 2015 Energy Code Supplement to the New York State Energy Conservation and Construction Code published by the DOS. The draft text of the Uniform Code and Energy Code and associated rule making documents are available for review online, as detailed below:
Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code Update
Repeal of Parts 1220 to 1228 of Title 19 NYCRR and addition of Parts 1220 to 1227 of Title 19 NYCRR
Subject of Rule
Standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings and structures and for protection from the hazards of fire and inadequate building construction.
State Energy Conservation Construction Code Update
Repeal Part 1240 of Title 19 NYCRR and addition of Part 1240 of Title 19 NYCRR
Subject of Rule
Efficient utilization of energy expended in the construction, use and occupancy of buildings (the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code).
Albany - Monday January 25, 2016 - 10:00am
Hauppauge - Tuesday January 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Syracuse - Wednesday January 27, 2016 - 10:00am
Buffalo - Thursday January 28, 2016 10:00am
Additional Public Hearing for the Energy Code Update only
New York City - Friday January 29, 2016 10:00am