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Changes in Building Code Will Improve Opportunities for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Top-10-Code-Changes-John-Ciovacco-223x300Tighter building envelopes and well-sealed ductwork will hasten broader acceptance of geothermal heat pumps – and that’s exactly what the next versions of the building code is requiring. On February 11, 2016, our John Ciovacco , who is also chairman of the Building Science Group of the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers’ Association (CRBRA) sponsored a timely presentation by one of their members Michael DeWein of Leidos Engineering.  Mike’s talk entitled Top 10 Energy Code Changes  outlined key changes to the new Residential Code (RCNYS) and Energy Conservation Construction Codes of New York State (ECCCNYS) set to go into effect in the fall of this year.  Highlighted were the requirements for reducing whole building air and duct leakage with anticipated testing protocol.  The specific prescriptive requirements (e.g., minimum insulating values for walls and windows) were outlined and also methods to ways to achieve a more overall performance compliance with the Energy Index Rating (ERI).   Also covered were changes in lighting and mechanical ventilation for fresh air requirements.   For additional Energy Code Training visit the CRBRA upcoming calendar of events.   Also consider attending the upcoming second annual New York statewide conference, NY-GEO 2016 held in Albany on April 19th and 20th which will feature keynote addresses from high level representatives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Public Service Commission (PSC).