NYC Council Could Abandon Passive House Amendment to Energy Code

January 27, 2020


A hearing was held today by the New York City Council’s Committee on Housing and Building concerning Int. No 1816 of 2019. The bill would create local regulations to amend the New York City Energy Conservation Code to comply with the state’s latest energy conservation construction code and would also incorporate the latest version of the New York Stretch Code, as required by Local Law 32 of 2018.

On this surface, the bill looks like a routine a piece of legislation. However, an advisory committee to the Department of Buildings had recommended that the committee include an amendment that would create an entire Passive House section (currently labeled as Section R408 Passive House) within the bill. This amendment would not make Passive House certification mandatory. Rather, it would provide an alternative compliance pathway to owners and developers that also meets the Passive House standard.

Today’s hearing is important because an amendment has been proposed that would eliminate Section R408 Passive House as an alternative compliance pathway. New York Passive House opposes this amendment and will be speaking at today’s hearing to make their case.

NYPH has more here.

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