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For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2014
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New York State Department of State to Recommend January 1st, 2015 as
Effective Date for New Commercial Energy Code

Having conducted public hearings and completed its initial review of public comments, the New York State Department of State (DOS) will recommend that the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council update the State Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York at its November 18th, 2014 public meeting. 

DOS’s recommendation will be to adopt the commercial energy code provisions contained within the 2010 model code released by ASHRAE (ASHRAE 90.1-2010) and the 2012 model code released by the International Code Council (IECC 2012), with New York State modifications as outlined in the Proposed Rule Making proposal. To view the complete proposal, including Rule Text, Regulatory Impact Statement and other rule making documents, go to

DOS will recommend an effective date of  January 1st, 2015.  These updates will increase the energy efficiency of New York’s commercial building stock, and align the State with U.S. Department of Energy requirements.

To support the implementation of the new energy code, DOS and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will conduct in-person and online training for architects, engineers and designers, contractors, and code officials, and will provide other resources including technical publications.

Commercial buildings consume 35% of all energy used in New York State. Building energy codes play a vital role in lowering energy bills for customers, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving health and comfort. Together, these actions will enable the public and private sector to cost-effectively help the State meet its energy goals while saving customers money. 


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