The NYStretch Energy Code 2020 is a voluntary, readily adoptable energy code that calls for higher efficiency standards in new and renovated building construction projects. With NYStretch, towns and cities can reduce GHG emissions, use less energy and reduce living and operational costs! You can learn more about NYStretch Codes on NYSERDA’s website here.
You can copy the below message as a template for your own letter to send to your town or city officials:
Dear [Supervisor/Mayor] and [Town/City Board/Council]
Cc: Energy Code Official
As a community member concerned for our [town’s/city’s] public and environmental health, I am urging you to adopt NYStretch Energy Code 2020 for the [town/city of ______]. This latest energy code model will lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with new and existing buildings, and is cost-effective and readily adoptable with minimal changes by our local government. Buildings that are built to NYStretch requirements save 10–12% in energy costs over those built to the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS).
Adopting the NYStretch 2020 building code is a key high impact action of the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities program and Action Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to municipalities that adopt the NY Stretch Code. The grants are given on a “first come, first serve” basis so please act quickly. NYSERDA also offers free/low cost training to local code officials to improve compliance with the energy code
Keeping our building stock up to date will increase property values, develop our existing workforce expertise in new technologies, and reduce living and operational costs with lower utility bills and better building envelopes. According to NYSERDA’s cost analysis, the additional building costs will pay for themselves in less than 10 years for residential buildings and 3 to 12 years for various types of commercial buildings, even after accounting for the additional property taxes paid due to higher value buildings.
Key NYStretch Energy Code 2020 updates in commercial or residential include:
- Envelope: improved insulation and window performance, air-barrier commissioning, and air-leakage testing
- Lighting: reduced interior and exterior lighting power and lighting controls
- Electrical: whole-building energy monitoring
- Renewable and electric vehicle readiness
- Mandatory mechanical ventilation for residential buildings
You can download the NYStretch Energy Code 2020 and associated toolkit at https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Energy-Code-Training/NYStretch-Energy-Code-2020. I have also attached the fact sheet for NYStretch 2020, and you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please consider this improvement to our [town’s/city’s] new buildings.