New York Adopts International Energy Efficiency Code

August 02, 2002

Beginning July 2002, new residential and commercial buildings in New York will be required to meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements of the 2000 International Energy Efficiency Code (IECC). The New York State Code Council voted to adopt the IECC in March after New York Governor George E. Pataki had lobbied for passage for more than a year. "This smart, environmentally-sound, and energy-efficient new code will help us keep the air we breathe clean and will continue our fight to protect our lakes and forests from acid rain," Governor Pataki said. "The code also will help keep the lights on by reducing energy use, while saving New Yorkers money on their electric bills." For a summary of New York's code, including its amendments to IECC, see the New York Department of State's Building Energy Conservation Code.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has worked with code officials in the state for several years and has provided grants through the State Energy Program. Residential and commercial construction amounts to more $16 billion per year in the state. By adopting IECC, New York expects the code will save $46 million in energy costs per year, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 242.3 million pounds per year, and cut other air pollutants by 1.4 million pounds per year. For more specifics on how the code applies to New York, see DOE status of energy codes in New York.