Energy Code Implementation
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
New York City Council’s Introduction number 550 for the year 2014 is expected to be enacted and go into effect on January 1, 2015. If enacted, it will update the New York City Energy Conservation Code (“City Energy Code”) to comply with the requirements of the State Energy Law and the 2014 updates to the New York State Energy Code (“State Energy Code”). This proposal amends the rule implementing the City Energy Code, 1 RCNY Section 5000-01, to conform to the proposed changes to the City Energy Code in Intro. 550. The rule also reflects changes in the State Energy Code regarding specific tests, inspections and code references.
Specifically, this proposed amendment to Section 5000-01:
- Removes definitions listed in the rule that will be defined in the City Energy Code, if Intro. 550 is enacted;
- Adds and removes progress inspections to correspond to City Energy Code requirements that come into effect if Intro. 550 is enacted;
- Clarifies the existing supporting documentation submission requirements by requiring a supporting documentation index; and
- Clarifies commissioning requirements.
References in this proposed rule to the Administrative Code or the New York City Energy Conservation Code mean the Administrative Code or the New York City Energy Conservation Code, respectively, as amended by Intro. 550, if enacted.
The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter. Section 5 of Intro. 550 will authorize the Department to promulgate rules implementing the changes to the City Energy Code before they go into effect. Section 4 of Intro. 550 repeals and replaces section 28-1001.2 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and includes authority for the Department to issue this proposed Rule.