Energy Code Training and Support Services

The 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 State Energy Code) is a minimum building standard for energy efficiency. Since buildings represent roughly 60% of the State’s energy consumption, energy code compliance means a significant opportunity for energy savings.

NYSERDA offers free and low-cost training and support services to municipal code officials, architects, engineers, building energy professionals, and members of the construction trades—all designed to improve compliance and enforcement of the State Energy Code.

Classroom and web-based training on the 2020 State Energy Code:

  • Free to code officials
  • Hundreds of training opportunities statewide
  • Qualifies for continuing education credit from organizations such as NYS Department of State and American Institute of Architects

Energy Code Training Directory

All of the training provided in this directory is supported with funding by NYSERDA. This directory lists trainings that are currently available to the public and will be updated periodically as new training is made available and old training is discontinued. 

Training Organization Course Name Category Continuing Education Credits Course Description Link
Urban Green Council Crushing the Code NYC: Residential ECCCNYS-2020, residential chapters 7 GBCI, AIA LU-HSW and PDH credits

Crushing the Code New York State: Residential prepares building and design professionals in New York State to comply with the many requirements in the ECCCNYS-2020 and design more energy-efficient buildings in the process. In an era of more stringent code enforcement, the course provides critical knowledge about significant changes, new provisions and best practices to avoid objections and stalled projects.

 

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Urban Green Council Crushing the Code NYS: Commercial ECCCNYS-2020, commercial chapters 7 GBCI, AIA LU-HSW and PDH credits Crushing the Code New York State: Commercial prepares building and design professionals in New York State to comply with the many requirements in the ECCCNYS-2020 and design more energy-efficient buildings in the process. In an era of more stringent code enforcement, the course provides critical knowledge about significant changes, new provisions and best practices to avoid objections and stalled projects. https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/crushing-nyc-energy-codeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
Urban Green Council Crushing the Code NYC: Residential 2020 NYCECC, residential chapters 7 GBCI, AIA LU-HSW and PDH credits Crushing the Code New York City: Residential prepares design and building professionals to comply with the many requirements in the 2020 NYCECC and create more energy-efficient buildings in the process. In an era of more stringent code enforcement, the course provides critical knowledge on significant changes, new provisions and best practices to avoid objections and stalled projects. https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/crushing-nyc-energy-codeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
Urban Green Council Crushing the Code NYC: Commercial 2020 NYCECC, commercial chapters 7 GBCI, AIA LU-HSW and PDH credits Crushing the Code New York City: Commercial prepares design and building professionals to comply with the many requirements in the 2020 NYCECC and create more energy-efficient buildings in the process. In an era of more stringent code enforcement, the course provides critical knowledge on significant changes, new provisions and best practices to avoid objections and stalled projects. https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/content/projects/crushing-nyc-energy-codeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
Urban Green Council What’s New in the 2020 NYC Energy Code 2020 NYCECC 1.5 GBCI, AIA LU-HSW and PDH credits

What’s New in the 2020 NYC Energy Code is a free 90-minute online class designed to cover the major updates in the 2020 NYCECC and how it relates to NYC’s Local Law 97. This class is recommended for a range of design and building professionals, from principals to expediters.

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Newport Ventures 2020 ECCCNYS for Residential Buildings: Overview ECCCNYS-2020, residential chapters 3 NYSDOS In-service and AIA LU-HSW credits

This course combines an overview of the residential chapters of the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS) with a review of REScheck software. This 3-hour course covers the 2020 changes relative to the 2016 ECCCNYS, and frequently misunderstood requirements.

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Newport Ventures 2020 ECCCNYS for Commercial Buildings: Overview ECCCNYS-2020, commercial chapters 3 NYSDOS In-service and AIA LU-HSW credits

This course focuses on the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State and highlights differences from the 2016 code. This 3-hour course includes case studies that invite audience participation and discusses typical enforcement scenarios.

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Newport Ventures Transitioning to High Performance: Residential Building Strategies Energy Efficiency 3 NYSDOS In-service and AIA LU-HSW credits

This course is designed for residential builders and architects, and examines moving from minimum compliance with the Energy Code to incorporating high performance technology and practices into building design and construction. The course will consist of two major parts: 

  1. Technology that enables relatively easy and cost-effective transition to above-code performance; and, 
  2. The business case for investing in higher performance construction.

 In addition to introducing some innovative technologies, this course reviews case studies based on interviews with above-code builders and how they successfully evolved their building practices. When possible, local guest speakers from building, trade and design professions will offer first-hand experience with moving beyond code-minimum practice.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS Residential Enforcement (Pt 1): Plan Review in 15 Minutes or Less Enforcement 1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

Research suggests that many code officials have limited time to perform plan reviews and that life and safety requirements necessarily take priority. This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series, and will help code officials prioritize what energy code requirements to review with limited time. Permit applicants will also benefit from this course to effectively prepare construction documents for energy code compliance. Participants will understand what’s required to perform quick – yet thorough – document submittals and plan reviews. Sample checklists, worksheets and other forms will be discussed and downloadable.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS Residential Enforcement (Pt 2): Inspection in 15 Minutes or Less Enforcement 1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

Research suggests that many code officials have limited time to perform thorough energy code inspections. This 90-minute webinar covers the five required inspections: footing and foundation; Framing and rough-in; Plumbing rough-in; Mechanical rough-in; and, Final. Part 2 of a two-part series, this course will - help code officials and those responsible for designing and constructing residential buildings. Participants will understand what’s required to perform quick – yet thorough – site inspections. Sample inspection checklists, worksheets and other forms will be discussed and downloadable.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS Residential Envelope (Pt 1): Air Sealing to 3 ACH50
Building Envelope
1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

Research, including DOE Residential Field StudiesLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., suggests significant noncompliance with the energy code’s 3 ACH50 air leakage requirement. Multiple other field studies show a lack of proper insulation installation. This webinar covers air sealing and testing requirements using CAD details, 3D graphics, and photographs, for residential construction. This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series on energy code envelope requirements. Both webinars include test-your-knowledge questions, and guided discussion of pros/cons of various strategies.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS Residential Envelope (Pt 2): Other Requirements
Building Envelope
1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

Research, including DOE Residential Field StudiesLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., suggests significant noncompliance with the energy code’s 3 ACH50 air leakage requirement. Multiple other field studies show a lack of proper insulation installation. This webinar covers energy code insulation installation requirements, and includes mock-ups, CAD details, 3D graphics, and photographs for residential construction. This webinar is Part 2 of a two-part series and includes test-your-knowledge questions, and guided discussion of pros/cons of various strategies.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS Residential Systems (Pt 1): Whole-house Mechanical Ventilation
Mechanical Systems
1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

In this course, attendees will understand the building science behind this important code requirement and be able define various methods of achieving compliance. In addition, attendees will learn how to determine the minimum required ventilation rate based on house specifications and choose a system that meets the ventilation rates and fan efficacy requirements.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS Residential Systems (Pt 2): Forced Air Distribution Mechanical Systems
1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

In this course, attendees will understand the importance of duct testing, sealing, and installation of heating and cooling systems. Attendees will be able to distinguish various code requirements based on duct proximity to the building thermal envelope. In addition, attendees will learn duct insulation requirements and methods. Attendees will be introduced to a customizable Duct and Envelope Testing (DET) reporting form to make demonstrating code compliance straightforward and efficient.

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Performance Systems Development ECCCNYS for Large Commercial Buildings (Pt 1): Mechanical Systems
Mechanical Systems 1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

This course prepares design professionals and code enforcement officials to ensure their work results in buildings with better-than-average energy use intensities. Attendees will be asked to pinpoint the locations in construction documents where various mechanical controls and equipment specifications are (or should be). Guided discussions will help attendees identify the best ways to provide adequate documentation on plans and inspect or elucidate control configurations in the field.

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Performance Systems Development

ECCCNYS for Large Commercial Buildings (Pt 2): Lighting Systems

Lighting
1.5 NYSDOS In-service, AIA LU/HSW, BPI, and PDH credits

This course prepares design professionals and code enforcement officials to ensure their work results in buildings with better-than-average energy use intensities. Attendees will be asked to pinpoint the locations in construction documents where various lighting controls and equipment specifications are (or should be). Attendees will understand lighting power code requirements for both interior and exterior applications. Guided discussions will help attendees identify the best ways to provide adequate documentation on plans and inspect or elucidate control configurations in the field.

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