New York State Releases Energy-Efficient Building Standards Toolkit

New York State Releases Energy-Efficient Building Standards Toolkit

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.

โ€œCommunities 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,โ€ according to the public benefit corporation.

Currently 30% of New Yorkโ€™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. โ€œThe new NYStretch energy code promises to help curb harmful emissions from our building sector, and get us another step closer to the stateโ€™s ambitious goal of an 85% overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,โ€ he said.

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