NYSERDA drafted NYStretch-Energy — a voluntary, locally adopted and implemented stretch energy code to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment.

Feedback on NYStretch-Energy was received during a 30-day public comment period that closed on March 24, 2017. All comments are being reviewed and the final document, with an accompanying toolkit designed to support its local adoption, is expected to be published this spring 2017.

Thank you to those who submitted their comments on NYStretch-Energy.

Please contact Chris Sgroi at christopher.sgroi@nyserda.ny.gov or 518-862-1090 x3373 for questions on NYStretch-Energy.

What Is a Voluntary Stretch Energy Code?

A building codes strategy that allows local governments and communities to implement a more stringent energy code.
Benefits of a stretch energy code:

  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Lower building-operating costs
  • Increased occupant comfort
  • Improved resiliency from power disruptions

Voluntary stretch codes are permitted by law in New York State, as more restrictive local standards.

Why NYStretch-Energy?

NYStretch-Energy Code was created to reduce the impact of buildings as a significant contributor to the State’s energy consumption, electricity usage, and greenhouse gas emissions.

NYStretch-Energy Goals

NYSERDA took the lead in drafting NYStretch-Energy, with guidance from a 25-member advisory group. Our goals are to produce a model code that:

  • Is readily adoptable with minimal changes by local governments
  • Is in code-enforceable language and is well-coordinated with the 2016 New York State Uniform and Energy CodesLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
  • Is about one cycle ahead of the current New York State energy code in its requirements
  • Delivers buildings that use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases
  • Is cost-effective and regionally appropriate