New Impacts on New York’s Energy Code

In mid-March, AB 6676 was proposed, and it would significantly impact New York’s energy code.

A new proposal in New York calls for enforcement that achieves a minimum of 90% compliance (though, like most states that do this, they do not put forth any consequences). Next, proponents are looking to remove the economic component of the energy code, meaning that it would no longer have to be economically reasonable, nor would the code council have to “consider whether the cost of materials and their installation… would be equal to or less than the present value of energy savings that could be expected over a 10-year period in the building in which such materials are installed.”

Then, it would require the State to adopt rules and regulations to meet or exceed the most recently updated or revised IECC within 18 months of that IECC’s publication.

Finally, the bill looks to require a HERS rating “or a rating generated through an equivalent rating system that includes measuring actual building performance data.”

The proposed bill goes on to declare that “all new residential buildings must demonstrate a 20% or greater reduction in modeled energy consumption” and if a single dwelling unit is 6,000 square feet or larger, it “must demonstrate a 35% or greater reduction in modeled energy consumption.” This would mean a minimum HERS of 80 and 65, respectively.

Both energy reduction articles include language about “a rating or score that demonstrates equivalent energy performance as determined by any other successor rating system approved by the New York state energy research and development authority, which includes measuring actual building performance data,” so presumably the ERI path of the IECC would be allowed. If passed, the bill would take effect immediately.