Amendment of Qualifications for Energy Auditors and Retro-commissioning Agents

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Friday, September 22, 2017


The public hearing for a Proposed Amendment to a rule of the Department of Buildings regarding Qualifications for Energy Auditors and Retrocommissioning Agents,originally scheduled for September 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.,has been rescheduled to September 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the 3rd floor conference room at 280 Broadway.

Statement of Basis and Purpose


The Department of Buildings (DOB) is amending section 103-07 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to the qualifications for energy auditors and retro-commissioning agents. 

These amendments:

  • Remove the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority- (NYSERDA) approved Flex Tech consultant from the list of qualifications for an energy auditor.  This certification was intended for early compliance pursuant to the Administrative Code.  Auditors who don’t meet any of the other qualifications are using the Flex Tech consultant listing beyond the intended early compliance timeframe. In addition, the NYSERDA Flex Tech Consultant certification is firm-wide, so there is no way to be sure that the actual individual(s) performing the work are certified. 
  • Add the Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) Certification to the qualifications of retro-commissioning agents.  Adding this qualification will increase the number of individuals who can provide retro-commissioning services.  Additionally, the CxA has also received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation and Department of Energy Better Buildings recognition. 
  • Add the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) certification, which the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is now granting as it phases out the Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) certification over the next three years.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Article 308 of Chapter 3 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code.

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Public Hearing
Public Hearing Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:00am

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Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007