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Cuomo proposes strengthened NY building codes to boost efficiency

Would apply to appliance, equipment efficiency and reduce water use.

April 01, 2021 |

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently released a proposal for beefed up building codes and related actions to improve energy efficiency in New York State.

The Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2021 would “significantly strengthen the state's building codes, improve energy and water efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York State,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. The proposal would save New Yorkers $15 billion, with 40% of savings benefitting low- and moderate-income households, and it would reduce carbon emissions by 1.4 million tons annually, the Cuomo Administration says.

“This comprehensive legislation reduces energy and water consumption, makes sure substandard products will be removed from the market, and enhances the quality of products available, all while reducing emissions that contribute to climate change,” Cuomo says. Strengthening the energy code as proposed would allow the state to establish new energy efficiency standards for buildings, such as requiring greenhouse gas emission reduction in the design criteria.

The legislation expands appliance standards categories to cover a wider range of products and prevents appliances that do not meet minimum performance levels from being sold, leased, or installed. New York is on a path to achieving its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70% renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy-wide carbon neutrality, according to the Administration’s statement.

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