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New York State Adopts Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Regulations

New York State has adopted appliance and equipment efficiency regulations that will impact what products can be legally sold, rented, leased and installed in the state as a result of the Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2022. Taking effect starting June 26, 2023, these regulations establish minimum energy and water efficiency requirements for 16 new consumer products, similar to the requirements in other states (e.g., Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey). Read the final ruling here.

These regulations only apply to products manufactured on or after this date. These standards do not impact existing appliances currently stocked by equipment dealers and retailers and do not impact the continued use of existing appliances that are working properly in New York State. Appliances manufactured before the June 26 effective date can still be sold, rented or leased in New York State.

These standards do not impact the requirements found in the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and the efficiency standards do not apply to the installation or offer to install for the product categories of faucets, gas fireplaces, showerheads, water closets and urinals. The statutory responsibility for developing and maintaining the Uniform Code and the State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code) is vested in the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council. The codes of New York State can be found here.

Additionally, the following resources have been developed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to maximize the benefits of these regulations and to support individuals in the compliance process:

  • Compliance Policies and Procedures Manual [PDF]– Provides a comprehensive overview of the compliance policies and procedures related to the Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2022, and to assist the supply chain and New York State businesses in the compliance process.
  • New York Appliance Standards Consumer Products: Overview [PDF]– Identifies all product categories impacted, describes the standard requirements and test procedures and indicates which database should be used for compliance and verification, as well as which states already have the same (or similar) requirements.
  • New York Appliance Standards Consumer Products: Compliance Requirements [PDF]– Highlights the benefits of compliance and the risks of noncompliance (including financial penalties), explains the role of manufacturers, distributors, dealers, retailers, installers, contractors and leasing companies as well as the certification and verification processes.

For more information on the New York State Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards, provided by the Department of State and NYSERDA, click here.