2016 NY State Energy Code Changes Impact New Construction & Renovations

By Dan Nall, Regional Director of High Performance


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.