State: New York

New York – Adoption for the 2020 NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and NYS Energy Code

The New York DOS filed the Notice of Adoption for the 2020 NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and NYS Energy Code.  The Notice will appear in the NY State Register on February 12, 2020.  The effective date for both codes will be May 12, 2020. So prior to May 12, 2020, the Uniform Code will continue to include the 2015 I-Codes, as amended by the 2017 Uniform Code Supplement. (more…)

Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

New York Code Council updating Uniform Fire Prevention and Construction Code

Please find the following link as received from NEMA. The New York State Code Council met on December 6, 2019 to vote on the adoption of the rules updating the current Uniform Fire Prevention and Construction Code. The next versions of all adopted codes will be based on the 2018 editions of the I-Codes. The anticipated adoption of these rules to replace the current Building and Energy Codes will be in June 1, 2020.

If adopted, the code update will be applicable to the factory-built/ modular units without a grace period.  (more…)

NEW YORK E-BULLETIN – Code Council Meeting Notice

The New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council will meet on Friday, December 6, 2019, to discuss multiple code updates and other business. The public is invited to attend either in person or during the live stream video conference. Please find the E-bulletin for additional information regarding the meeting.  (more…)

New York Adoption that amends the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code

On Monday, September 30, 2019, the Department of State filed a Notice of Emergency Adoption that amends the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the “Uniform Code”) by adding provisions relating to the installation, use, and maintenance of Energy Storage (more…)

NEW YORK Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule

On Monday, July 1, 2019, the Department of State filed a Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making that amends the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the “Uniform Code”) by adding provisions relating to the installation, use, and maintenance of Energy Storage Systems. Adoption of this regulation as an emergency rule makes it (more…)

New York – Proposed Rule Making State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code

The Department of State invites public participation in the rulemaking the process of the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (19 NYCRR Parts 1219 to 1229) and State Energy Conservation Construction Code (19 NYCRR Part 1240). These proposed rulemakings would amend the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the “Uniform Code”) (more…)

New York Code Outreach Program – Wood Decks

This edition of the Code Outreach program as received by New York Building Standards and Codes, is intended to summarize the prescriptive provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code (2015 IRC) applicable to wood decks. The structural design and construction of decks is required to support all loads imposed, including but not limited to live and dead loads, flood, snow, wind, and seismic loads as well as (more…)

New York requirements for sizing heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems

Code Outreach Program – Residential HVAC System Sizing
This edition of the Code Outreach Program discusses the requirements for sizing heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in residential buildings according to the State Energy Conservation Construction Code and the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which include the 2015 International Energy Conservation Construction Code (2015 IECC), the 2016 Energy Code Supplement (2016 EC Supplement), and 2015 International Residential (more…)

New York – ACH 50 Testing or “blower door test”

The envelope tightness test, commonly referred to as “blower door testing,” required by the “Residential Provisions” of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC), as modified by Part 3 of the2016 Supplement to the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (2016 ECS). The test, which is defined below, is mandatory for all new residential buildings, including modular residential buildings, multi-family buildings, and thermally isolated modifications to existing buildings. (more…)

New York Executive Law or the Uniform Code

Article 18 of New York State Executive Law § 378(1) states that the Uniform Code shall address “Standards for the construction of all buildings or classes of buildings, or the installation of equipment therein, including standards for materials to be used in connection therewith, and standards for safety and sanitary conditions. Notwithstanding the above, sleeping quarters in a children’s overnight camp as defined in subdivision one of section thirteen hundred ninety-two (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)