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For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2011


Two-Day Course is the Most Comprehensive Training Program Available on the City’s 2011 Energy Conservation Code 

Nearly 700 Industry Experts Attend First-Ever Green Training Program

 Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and The Cooper Union today announced the first day of a two-day training course on the 2011 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC). Aimed at helping architects, engineers, building owners and real estate professionals better understand the NYCECC, the course is the first-ever, comprehensive breakdown of the new energy code and will give New Yorkers a cutting-edge tutorial on the City’s latest green requirements. The course, held at the Great Hall at The Cooper Union, is based on six training modules developed by the Department and Viridian Energy and Environmental and will serve as a roadmap to help design professionals and construction industry members promote green building practices throughout the five boroughs. As part of an increasing focus on green initiatives, the Department also has launched the Sustainable Contractor Designation Program, which recognizes licensees and registrants who promote green building in their work practices. New Yorkers can verify whether a licensee or contractor is a member of this program by visiting the Department’s website at

“Being green is not always easy so we’re providing New Yorkers with the tools they need to green their buildings faster,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “This two-day course is the most comprehensive training available on the City’s Energy Code, which will help New York reduce its carbon footprint and protect our environment for future generations. This City has become a worldwide leader in energy-efficient building, and this course will ensure that our architects and engineers continue to set new standards in the years to come.” 

“New York is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the country and it is essential for architects, engineers and related professionals to know the most recent energy-efficiency codes in order to successfully compete for jobs,” David Greenstein, the Director of Continuing Education at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. “The Cooper Union's Green Building Design Program identified this growing need and has partnered with the New York City Department of Buildings to offer a two-day new energy code course, one that is designed to support a sustainable future for New York and beyond.”

Energy Conservation Code Training           

During the course, Department and Viridian experts will use the six-modules to provide course participants with a comprehensive understanding of the NYCECC, procedural requirements, technical issues and strategies to create energy-conserving designs. Topics that will be covered during the two sessions include: administrative requirements, residential requirements, commercial envelope, commercial HVAC1, commercial HVAC2 and commercial lighting and power. Those who participate in the training will earn 14 continuing education units through The Cooper Union. The second day of the course will be held on October 13, 2011, at The Cooper Union. Following the conclusion of the training, the six modules will be available on the Department’s website at

First introduced in July 2010, the NYCECC is modeled after the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State and sets energy-efficiency standards for all new construction projects and alterations to existing buildings in the City. This year, the Department revised the City’s Energy Code and introduced the new 2011 NYC Energy Conservation Code to reflect changes New York State made last year to its Energy Code. Changes in the NYCECC include an entirely new Chapter 1 with new sections on the City’s administrative and enforcement procedures, revisions to Chapters 2, 5 and 6 of the State’s Energy Code and a new Appendix A. All new building and alteration applications filed on or after December 28, 2010, must comply with the NYCECC. Applications filed prior to December 28, 2010, must comply with the codes in effect at the time of filing. 

Sustainable Contractor Designation Program 

The Department launched the Sustainable Contractor Designation Program in July to provide New Yorkers with access to the City’s green contractors and promote the addition of green enhancements to buildings. Under the program, licensees and registrants in the City who demonstrate knowledge in sustainable practices through third-party certifications and agree to promote the use of green technologies to their customers will be recognized by the Department as Sustainable Contractors. Those who are identified as environmentally-friendly contractors will have a green leaf displayed next to their names in the Department’s Buildings Information System (BIS) and on their license identification cards. Property owners can verify if their contractor is a member of the green program by visiting the Department’s website.

Currently, General Contractors for 1-, 2- and 3-family homes can apply to become Sustainable Contractors. The program will be expanded later this year to include electricians and plumbers. In order to be eligible, licensees must have specific certifications from one of the following organizations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Building Performance Institute (BPI), Energy Star, Green Advantage, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Passive House Institute US, RESNET, U.S. Green Building Council or the Urban Green Council. Course education through these organizations includes education in the following areas: sustainability planning in the design phase of construction, construction site management responsibilities for sustainability on site, pollution prevention, efficient construction waste management, water use reduction practices, efficient heating and cooling distribution in a building. 

For more information about the Energy Code training and the Sustainable Contractor Designation Program, visit the Department’s website at 

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Ryan FitzGibbon (212) 566-3473
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