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New York Governor Proposes Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act


Governor Cuomo of New York recently announced a proposed Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act to strengthen the state's building codes, improve energy and water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This legislation will be based on a report submitted to the state legislature from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) indicating that increased appliance energy efficiency standards would save New Yorkers $15 billion by 2035. The legislation would require that state codes be updated to establish new energy efficiency standards for buildings, such as requiring emission reductions in the design criteria. It would also increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact of buildings, and aim for lower energy use and operational costs, as well as expand appliance standards categories to cover a wider range of products. Establishing a stronger energy code could deliver an estimated 21 million metric tons lifetime carbon emissions reduction and $2.5 billion in lifetime bill savings statewide for measures installed through 2030.  The full NYSERDA report can be found here.

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