2015 Energy Code Changes for Commercial Buildings in New York State!

Energy Codes are changing, folks!BSC_logo

As of January 1st, 2015, the new Energy Conservation Construction Code (ECCCNYS) will be in effect for Commercial Buildings! The new code will have a greater focus on energy efficiency, specifically regarding the building envelop and the HVAC equipment.

Taken directly from the source: “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 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 2014 which will primarily effect Commercial building construction and renovation, has an effective date of January 1, 2015.”

How do these code changes impact your next project?  One thing is clear – having an energy efficiency partner like Buffalo Energy will be critical for your next project! You will need an expert on your team who understands code changes, blower door testing protocols, ASHRAE standards and how to blend all these things together to create a good project that is financially viable. Energy efficiency partners are key because companies like us have been working to meet and exceed rigorous energy efficiency program standards for years!

Let us help you! We will work with your design team to create the proper shell / HVAC specifications to meet code demands. We will meet with your construction crews to provide construction oversight, proper training on in the field and we will perform inspections to ensure compliance during the construction process.  Additionally, after construction, we will complete the proper test out procedures to confirm code compliance. Lastly, we can identify and qualify your project for energy efficiency incentives where available.

Call us today. The last thing you want to do is to bring us in at the end when the walls are up… because once the walls are up, you’ll give yourself brain damage trying to meet these new code requirements – if you can at all.

You can read about the code changes here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/energycode_code.html

To check out code training opportunities click here.

Photo courtesy of the USGBC

Photo courtesy of the USGBC

 

Major NYSERDA/GJGNY Financing Transition Update – December 4, 2014

NYSERDA Financing is on its way out… this means we need PACE financing to get approved in all areas of New York State ASAP.
Read about the transition here: GJGNY Financing Changes_to Partners
Date: December 4, 2014 
 
Subject: Green Jobs-Green New York Financing Transition

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Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY) Transition

NYSERDA greatly values your participation in our programs and appreciates your partnership in building the market for energy efficiency and/or solar power in New York State.

Since the launch of GJGNY programs in the Fall of 2010, the clean energy market has continued to grow and mature throughout the State. NYSERDA has supported the completion of over 62,000 residential energy efficiency audits and over 24,000 energy efficiency projects. In addition, solar PV has made significant gains, especially since the establishment of the NY-Sun Initiative.

As a result of this market growth, private sector options for customers to invest in and finance clean energy solutions have increased. With this progress, NYSERDA is making changes to GJGNY in order to 1) better focus state resources on underserved areas of the clean energy market, including low- to moderate-income (LMI) households and economically distressed communities, and 2) avoid directly competing with newly emerging and growing private sector solutions.

NYSERDA intends to make the following changes to its GJGNY energy efficiency and solar financing programs:

 

Financing will continue to be offered to LMI customers (those with household income less than or equal to 80% of the area median income) for energy efficiency and solar loans on the current
terms (3.49%, terms up to 15 years, Smart Energy or OBR loans).
 

  • Effective July 1, 2015, assuming at least two third-party loan products are available for market rate customers, GJGNY residential energy efficiency and solar thermal loans (including On-Bill Recovery (OBR)) will be limited to LMI. 
  • Effective April 1, 2015 GJGNY residential solar PV loan applications will be limited to LMI customers. 
  • Effective January 2, 2015 GJGNY loans for multifamily properties will no longer be provided. 
  • Effective April 1, 2015 GJGNY loans for small businesses and nonprofits will no longer be provided. 
NYSERDA will facilitate the introduction of new financing products to our partners through written material and webinars conducted by the lenders.NYSERDA will also launch the following strategies and initiatives to continue supporting the increase in market-wide penetration of energy efficiency and renewable energy:

Starting this week, Community Solar NY will offer “solarize” grants to community groups and organizations to support the aggregation of residential solar projects; these grants will drive down customer acquisition and other soft costs to enable a greater number of households across the state to take advantage of the benefits of solar power.

Starting in mid-2015, the NY-Sun Initiative will pilot various strategies to support solar in LMI
communities.

NYSERDA will pursue and support adoption of “open source” OBR programs (where financing is made available by private capital providers), through anticipated legislative action. A vibrant clean energy marketplace is defined by its competitiveness. Fortunately, New York is making great strides to accelerate and expand private investments in the clean energy economy, to support and attract new business models and market participants, and to continue focusing public resources on underserved areas of the market. We look forward to continuing to partner with you as NYSERDA works to significantly build scale in energy efficiency and solar markets. Please watch for additional information regarding the new financing options, and in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact

Karen Hamilton at karen.hamilton@nyserda.ny.gov or John Ahearn at john.ahearn@nyserda.ny.gov.

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The Many Benefits of Cellulose Insulation.

Cellulose insulation is so much more than just saving money on your heating and cooling costs! Let’s talk about some of the benefits of installing blown cellulose into your home!

Sound Reduction: Did you realize that insulation can help reduce sounds traveling inside and outside of your home? One of our clients was thrilled that once he had cellulose blown into his walls, he could no longer hear his neighbors! This is great for those who live in more urban spaces where they have less space between houses.

Added Comfort: Insulation is like adding a sweater to your body. The dense material adds comfort to your home because once installed, there are less drafts coming in through the wall cavities.

Insulating Older Homes:  Homes built prior to 1960’s are likely to have little to no insulation in the attics and walls. In an existing older building, it is much easier to install blown cellulose insulation in without potentially damaging the historic elements of the home! Check here for an informative brief from the National Park Service on general energy efficiency tips in historic buildings.

Safety: Insulation is known for reducing the spread of fire. There are many case studies but this video is our favorite. Check this video out and see it for yourself!