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