2016 NY State Energy Code Changes Impact New Construction & Renovations

By Dan Nall, Regional Director of High Performance

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On Wednesday, April 19th, Syska hosted more than fifty clients to discuss how 2016 NY State energy code changes impact new construction & renovations.

Dan Nall, Syska’s vice president with responsibility for high performing buildings, described how the 2016 NYCECC differ from those of the 2014 version of the code; which requirements are mandatory versus prescriptive; and which compliance path is appropriate for each project.

Please click below to view Dan’s presentation, which encompasses:

Six compliance pathways for the code:

  • Prescriptive compliance IECC 2015
  • Envelope trade-off IECC 2015
  • Prescriptive compliance ASHRAE 90.1-2013
  • Envelope trade-off ASHRAE 90.1-2013
  • Performance compliance ASHRAE 90.1-2013 (Section 11 Energy Cost Budget method)
  • Performance compliance ASHRAE 90.1-2013 (Appendix G Performance Rating Method)

Envelope air barrier testing (Mandatory): Buildings >25,000 SF must undergo whole building pressurization testing (blower door). Buildings >50,000 SF must test/inspect each type of unique air barrier joint or seam for continuity and defects.

Energy Metering (Mandatory): Submeters must be installed in newly constructed commercial buildings for total electrical energy; HVAC systems; interior lighting; exterior lighting; and receptacle circuits.

Escalators (Mandatory): Automatic controls to reduce speed to a minimum permitted speed when not carrying occupants; and regenerative variable frequency drive required for one-way down escalators.

Daylighting controls (Mandatory): Required for many occupancy types for buildings with window wall ratio greater than 30% (IECC path) or all buildings (ASHRAE 90.1-2013 path).

Commissioning (Mandatory): Required for most construction projects that involve cooling equipment with more than 40 tons capacity and/or heating equipment greater than 600,000 Btu/hr capacity.

HVAC Equipment Performance (Prescriptive): Representing more stringent performance requirements than previous versions of these model codes.

Lighting Power Density (Prescriptive): Reduced by approximately 10% for current national versions of these model codes.