New York Updates Building and Energy Codes

The New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council has announced rules that amend and update the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code. These rules repeal the current versions of the Uniform and Energy Codes and adopt the amended and updated versions effective May 12, 2020.

The Notices of Adoption of these rules will appear in the February 12, 2020 edition of the State Register: dos.ny.gov/info/register/2020.html.

Following is a brief overview of the amendments and updates.

Uniform Code

The amended and updated version of the Uniform Code (19 NYCRR Parts 1219 to 1229) incorporates by reference the following publications (collectively, the NYS Code Books):

Certain provisions of the 2020 Residential Code of New York State and 2020 Building Code of New York State are also amended as set forth in the rule adopted amending 19 NYCRR Parts 1220 and 1221.

Prior to May 12, 2020, the Uniform Code will continue to include the 2015 I-Codes published by the International Code Council (ICC), as amended by the 2017 Uniform Code Supplement.  On and after May 12, 2020, the Uniform Code will include the 2020 NYS Code Books. There will be no transition period. Beginning on May 12, 2020, regulated parties submitting building permit applications must comply with the 2020 NYS Code Books.

Energy Code

The amended and updated version of the Energy Code (19 NYCRR Part 1240) incorporates by reference the following publications:

Certain provisions of ASHRAE 90.1-2016 are amended as set forth in the rule adopted amending 19 NYCRR Part 1240.

The effective date of the modifications to Part 1240 will be May 12, 2020. There will be no transition period. Beginning on May 12, 2020, regulated parties submitting building permit applications must comply with the 2020 ECCCNYS and ASHRAE 90.1-2016, as amended by 19 NYCRR Part 1240.

Source: New York Department of State, Division of Building Standards and Codes

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