new york state building standard and codes

New 2014 State Commercial Energy Conservation Construction Code

Effective January 1, 2015

On November 18, 2014 the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted to adopt an update to commercial provision of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS). The ECCCNYS 2014 will primarily effect Commercial building construction and renovation and is in effect throughout New York State as of January 1, 2015.

The ECCCNYS 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 is comprised of three components:

2012 International Energy Conservation Code.– The Energy conservation requirements for commercial buildings are found in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) as modified by the 2014 New York State Supplement.

2014 Supplement to the 2012 IECC – The New York State-specific modifications to 2012 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 Standards.

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 – The 2012 IECC provides multiple compliance options for commercial type buildings. The first compliance option is the use of ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 (the minimum standard established by the DOE) or compliance with the Commercial Provisions of the 2012 IECC. The 2014 Supplement provides modifications to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

Commercial buildings must be designed in accordance with the IECC 2012 as modified by the 2014 Supplement. The IECC allows alternative design by with the ASHRAE 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except for Low Rise Residential Buildings, also as modified by the 2014 Supplement. Electronic copies of all the documents are available below.