New York Launches NYStretch Energy Code

Originally published by: ASHRAENovember 18, 2019

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The State of New York has launched the NYStretch Energy Code 2020, a statewide model building code that communities can voluntarily adopt to reduce energy consumption, operating costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

NYStretch Energy Code 2020 incorporates ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. NYSERDA developed NYStretch for New York jurisdictions to meet their energy and climate goals by accelerating the savings obtained through their local building energy codes. For jurisdictions that adopt it, NYStretch will provide savings of roughly 11 percent over the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCCNYS) when that energy code is released by New York State Department of State.

Additionally, NYSERDA developed a NYStretch toolkit that includes an estimated cost-benefit analysis for the most common new building construction projects, frequently asked questions, template legislation and more to assist municipalities in immediate adoption of NYStretch.