by Chris Devers
(1888PressRelease) Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC to Provide Free New York State Energy Code Design Reviews.
New York, NY – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has contracted Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC, energy and sustainability specialists to provide New York State architectural and engineering design firms with free project reviews regarding compliance with the Energy Conservation and Construction Code 2010 (NYSECCC-2010) effective December 28, 2010 under NYSERDA’s Energy Codes and Support Training Initiative.
Recent legislative efforts have increased requirements for energy performance of buildings and code enforcement throughout the State. A recipient of federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, New York State is obligated to achieve 90-percent compliance for residential and commercial buildings with NYSECCC-2010 by the year 2017. Energy Code Compliance & Keeping Your Project Moving Forward, a publication released by the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) declared that the City will offset the “environmental damage [from city buildings] by enforcing the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code [NYSECCC].”
In light of the increased focus on enforcement and multiple compliance paths offered by the NYSECCC-2010, NYSERDA has contracted Viridian to provide project review services related to energy requirements through May, 2010 at no cost to interested design firms. Consultations will include suggested changes to design documents prior to submission for local approval.
Reviews will be comprehensive assessments of a project’s energy code compliance and will address specific project attributes including applicable construction categories such as above-grade walls, interior lighting, and HVAC equipment. The assessments will also focus on intended project design goals, corresponding code requirements, potential non-compliant issues, as well as opportunities for exceeding code compliance and recommended actions. A final analysis report will be issued documenting all project work.
Architectural and engineering design firms are encouraged to schedule a project review session that may include their sub-consultants and project owners (code officials can be invited at the request of a design firm) where the topics of discussion will include:
General provisions and applicability of NYSECCC-2010
Selecting the appropriate compliance path (e.g. prescriptive vs. performance; ASHRAE 90.1 vs. NYSECCC-2010)
Detailing requirements of the chosen compliance path and common project pitfalls
Identifying common non-compliance areas and potential design difficulties
Clarifying code language – incomplete or lacking in detail
Acceptable compliance reporting documentation
Reviews will qualify for continuing education credits through professional organizations recognized by New York State. For more information visit our website and select NYSERDA Energy Code Reviews.
Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC is a 55-person consulting firm for energy-efficiency and environmentally-responsible design and construction. Our extensive expertise in energy efficiency includes computer energy modeling, heat flow analysis of building envelope assemblies, and on-site testing and commissioning. Projects range in size from 5-thousand to 5-Million square foot structures and include new construction and renovations in a wide range of building types from airports to zoos. Our services span all phases of design, construction and building operation. Visit us on the web at www.viridianee.com.
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