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This page features resources, including manuals and guidance documents to help with energy code compliance and better building practices. Email codes@nyserda.ny.gov if you have any questions or want to learn more.

Performance Path Enforcement Manual

This manual is a resource for code enforcement officials to help the review of construction documents designed to comply with the New York State Energy Code using ASHRAE 90.1-2013, Energy Cost Budget Method or Appendix G, Performance Rating Method. Projects permitted using an energy performance compliance method—which accommodate performance trade-offs between building systems and require comparing the modeled performance of a proposed building to a standard reference design—present code officials with unique Energy Code enforcement challenges and high variability in review criteria. This manual provides detailed guidance for effective and efficient performance path plan review. Also included as a companion spreadsheet is the “Review Checklist [XLS]” to prioritize the plan review scope, document results and provide comments to the permit applicant, along with a Performance Path Calculator [XLSM].

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New York State Energy Code Manual for Design Professionals

This manual is a helpful resource for building professionals needing to design a project that complies with New York State Energy Code. This manual translates the Energy Code into actionable insights and guidance. While this manual incorporates information that is consistent with good design practice, it is not intended to be a complete design resource. It does not comprehensively address all Energy Code requirements or other areas of design beyond energy efficiency. This manual focuses on the current New York State Energy Code—regulating all new construction and most additions, alterations, and renovations—which took effect October 3, 2016.

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Energy Code Enforcement Manual for Code Enforcement Officers

Designed as a resource for code officials, this manual is a how-to guide for approaching and reviewing construction documents, energy analyses, and field construction sites to ensure compliance with the New York State Energy Code. Ultimately, the goal is to streamline the compliance approval process so that it is efficient, user-friendly, and facilitates energy code compliance for all projects.

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Third Party Support Provider Manual

This Program Manual is designed to help Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) implement a program utilizing third-party service providers to plan check and inspect for compliance with the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) and ASHRAE 90.1-2016, as amended by 19 NYCRR Part 1240 or locally adopted energy code. Sections [NY] R105, [NY] R106, [NY] C105 and [NY] C106 authorize AHJs to use qualified third-party providers to review plans and inspect for compliance with the ECCCNYS 2020 and other pertinent laws or ordinances in relevant commercial and residential buildings. The Manual provides information for AHJs, Third-party Support Providers and permit applicants using a Third-party Support Provider. This Manual was developed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in support of energy code advancement and compliance in New York State. NYSERDA offers training and resources for those who need to understand and meet the requirements of the ECCCNYS and NYStretch Energy Stretch Code (NYStretch).

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Build Better Field Guide