NYS Department of State Building Standards & Codes
The Department of State’s Division of Building Standards and Codes provides a variety of services related to the development, administration, and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and Energy Conservation Construction Code. These Codes provide for the construction of safe, resilient, and energy efficient buildings throughout New York State.
We encourage you to visit their website for information about programs and regulations.
NYSERDA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
To establish a methodology for determining whether the life-cycle costs for a building will be recovered through savings in energy costs over the design life of the building under a life-cycle cost analysis.
The State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Code Council) is authorized, from time to time as it deems appropriate and consistent with the purposes of Article 11 of the Energy Law, to review and amend the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code), or adopt a new Energy Code, through rules and regulations provided that the Energy Code remains cost effective with respect to building construction in the state. In determining whether the Energy Code remains cost effective, the Code Council shall consider (i) whether the life-cycle costs for a building will be recovered through savings in energy costs over the design life of the building under a life-cycle cost analysis performed under methodology as established by NYSERDA in regulations which may be updated from time to time, and (ii) secondary or societal effects, such as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as defined in regulations.
NYSERDA has filed a Notice of Proposed Rule to (1) establish a methodology for determining whether the life-cycle costs for a building will be recovered through savings in energy costs over the design life of the building under a life-cycle cost analysis; (2) define societal effects to be considered in the cost effectiveness determination; and (3) provide a method for quantifying the societal effects so that they can be included in the overall cost effectiveness analysis.
The Proposed Rule was published in the New York State Register on December 27, 2023, commencing the 60 day public comment period.
To review the proposed rulemaking documents and to submit a public comment click here.
Please Note: This is not a Department of State or Code Council Rulemaking, any questions or comments about the rulemaking should be directed to NYSERDA at the link above.
Programs & Reference Materials
The Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code), are contained within Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (19 NYCRR). 19 NYCRR incorporates by reference publications including the current model code books as published by the International Code Council.
Various other parts of 19 NYCRR contain regulations related to the Uniform Code and Energy Code. They cover topics such as administration and enforcement of the code, variance procedures, training standards, standards for manufactured housing and factory manufactured housing, Council Rules and Regulations, truss construction identification, SEQR, etc.
Building Safety Inspectors (BSI) and Code Enforcement Officials (CEO) are required to complete annual In-Service training to maintain an active certification. Failure to complete the annual training requirements will result in an inactive certification. Individuals with an inactive certification cannot perform any enforcement activities. Performing an enforcement activity with an inactive certification may result in penalties prescribed by 19 NYCRR 1208-6.