The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a toolkit to help municipalities voluntarily adopt higher energy efficiency standards for new and renovated buildings.
“Communities that adopt and implement NYStretch will accelerate energy cost savings, reduce emissions from buildings, improve resiliency from power disruptions, and lower utility bills for New York consumers,” according to the public benefit corporation.
Currently 30% of New York’s overall emissions come from onsite fuel combustion in buildings, and 15% from electricity generation, the corporation noted.
Richard Yancey, executive director of the Building Energy Exchange, a center for excellence aimed at reducing the effects of climate change on the built environment, praised the toolkit. “The new NYStretch energy code promises to help curb harmful emissions from our building sector, and get us another step closer to the state’s ambitious goal of an 85% overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” he said.