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State of New York Adopts Energy Rating Index Compliance Option to State Energy Code

Apr 14, 2016

The State of New York has joined the ranks of states and municipalities that have adopted the 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index option when the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council modified the State Energy Conservation Construction Code by adopting the 2015 Internal Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by reference.  Included in the new code is Section R 406, the Energy Rating Index compliance option.

There were no modifications to the Energy Rating Index score or efficiency back stop provisions of the 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index.  This means that for New York, the Energy Rating Index scores are:

IECC Climate Zone                           2015 IECC Energy Rating Index Score

5                                                        Not to exceed an Energy Rating Index score of 55

6                                                        Not to exceed an Energy Rating Index score of 54

The modified New York energy code goes into effect on October 3, 2016.

The announcement from the New York Building Codes and Standards can be viewed at New York State Energy Conservation Code.

There are now a total of nine states that now have adopted the Energy Rating Index option as a compliance option to their state energy code.  The states that have incorporated the Energy Rating Index into their energy code are:

  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont

In New York in 2015 there were 3,802 homes HERS rated and issued a HERS Index Score.  The average HERS Index Score of homes rated in the state was 54.

RESNET and the International Code Council (ICC) recently conducted a webinar on the Energy Rating Index Option to the 2015 IECC and the opportunities for certified RESNET HERS Raters to be ICC certified Energy Code Inspectors.  To download the webinar go to ICC/RESNET Energy Rating Index Webinar for Code Officials

RESNET and the ICC have produced a video production explaining how HERS can be used to demonstrated compliance to an energy code.  To view the video go to HERS Index and Energy Codes