NYS Energy Code 2007
NYS Energy Codes in Effect Dec. 31
On July 3 2002, Gov. Pataki introduced new comprehensive building and energy codes that
started a transition period which runs to December 31. At that time the new version will
supersed previous versions and will be enforced by code enforcement, fire prevention, and
design professionals. The new law marks the culmination of a multi year project designed
to overhaul New York State's building, fire prevention, and energy codes.
Many provisions of the new code will affect our customers
and we are presenting this article in the hope that our customers involved in the Plumbing,
Heating/Cooling, and Electrical trades will be made aware of these changes.
Key changes involve:
- Certification of HVAC Tests be performed and submitted to Local Code Enforcement Officers.
- All Penetrations in the building envelope must be caulked, gasketed, or weather stripped.
- All recessed lighting fixtures must be IC rated with no penetrations , or IC rated in accordance with ASTM
283, or installed inside an air tight assembly with a 0.5" clearance from combustibles.
- All exposed installation must have a opaque rigid cover that prevents insulation degradation.
- All ducts on warm air systems must be insulated to a new tighter standard. R-8 for supplys and
R-2 For Returns in Residences, R-11 for Supplies and R-2 For Returns in Structures over 7500 sq. ft.
- All seams must be sealed. Tapes not listed for the intended application is not permitted.
- All HVAC systems must provide a means for balancing air and water systems.
- Heat Traps must be put on water heaters
- Insulation must be put on all hydronic piping run in
unconditioned spaces and thickness is now stipulated.
These are only some of the changes. Links to Web Sites with information on these
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