How Lilker Stays Up to Date, and Up to Code
- Increased requirements for insulation: The 2022 code requires more insulation in walls, ceilings, and floors. This will help to reduce heat loss and air conditioning costs.
- New requirements for air sealing: The 2022 code requires more air sealing around windows, doors, and other openings. This will help to prevent air leaks, which can waste energy and contribute to indoor air quality problems.
- New requirements for ventilation: The 2022 code requires more ventilation in homes and other buildings. This will help to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of respiratory problems.
- New requirements for renewable energy: The 2022 code encourages the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. This will help to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change.
- Cooking equipment maintenance: The code now requires that cooking equipment be maintained by a qualified technician on a regular basis. This will help to prevent fires and other hazards.
- Clarifies that the NYCMC code does not consider through-wall condenser air discharge to be exhaust air also adds exception to 10-foot distance from mechanical air intakes for single dwelling units.
- Variable air volume (VAV) systems: The code now limits the location of pressure sensors for VAV systems and expanded on the requirements for integrated economizer controls to ensure that the systems operate efficiently and provide adequate air flow and temperature control to all areas of a building.
- Amends the required responsibilities for the owner of taller buildings regarding nearby chimneys. This section has been substantially modified from the 2014 code which was largely based upon the 1968 code and the adopted result was the product of the DOB mediation process.
- Economizers: The 2020 NYCECC expands on the requirements for fan airflow controls during economizer operation to ensure that the economizers operate efficiently and provide adequate fresh air and pressurization to a building.
The 2022 mechanical code changes are a significant step forward in the effort to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. These changes will save homeowners and businesses money on their energy bills, improve indoor air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By staying up to date on code changes, the engineers here at Lilker ensure that their designs and construction projects meet the latest safety and health standards, which in turn protects the public and avoid costly fines and penalties for our Clients.