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This page was updated February 17, 2021

The public comment period for the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) and the IECS Ordinance is now closed. See below for document downloads and additional information.

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Provides background information about the January/February 2021 public comment period.

Provides background information about the January/February 2021 public comment period.

A local energy code supplement with requirements above and beyond the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code.
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IECS-enabling legislation for the City of Ithaca that enacts the IECS as the regulatory document containing requirements for compliance. The Town of Ithaca will not be adopting an ordinance, but will be incorporating similar language into the IECS.


Updated: This document now contains all written comments received during the January/February 2021 public comment period.

A document summarizing comments, and the responses to those comments, relating to the current IECS draft (01-28-21). This document reflects comments received through 02-16-21 at 8am.

A document summarizing comments and responses relating to the previous IECS draft (08-08-19), which informed the current draft (01-28-21).
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Note: An IECS Reference Manual, which contains non-essential information to help understand and use the IECS, will be completed and posted at a future date.

Overview

The City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca have been working since 2017 on the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS, previously the Green Building Policy), which contains code requirements for new buildings and major renovations that will substantially reduce GHG emissions while emphasizing affordability.

The Town Board and the City Common Council have provided guidance and approval of previous drafts of the IECS, which have also undergone significant public review. Over the last several months, City and Town of Ithaca Planning and Codes staff, attorneys, and elected officials have contributed to the development of the IECS and the IECS Ordinance. The goal is to maintain common regulations that will be adopted by both the Town and the City.

The latest drafts of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) and the IECS Ordinance are now being circulated for public comment. Your comments are respectfully requested prior to February 17, 2021 at noon.

Written comments may be emailed to ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org OR ngoldsmith@town.ithaca.ny.us OR mailed to the City of Ithaca Planning Department at 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Oral comments may be presented at the City of Ithaca public hearing, which will occur at the February 17, 2021 Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) meeting. Directions for watching the hearing and submitting oral comments will be described in the PEDC meeting notice, which will be released February 12 on the PEDC webpage: http://www.cityofithaca.org/359/Planning-Economic-Development-Committee. A Town of Ithaca public hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

Please note that because the IECS will be adopted by both the Town and the City of Ithaca, all comments received will be considered by both municipalities.

Upcoming Meetings

All meetings are open to the public. Many have time set aside for verbal comments from any interested community members. You do not have to be a Town/City resident to speak. Written comments are also accepted in advance of the meetings.

City of Ithaca Planning and Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:00pm
Agenda will be available for download here February 12 afternoon.
Public Hearing; Discussion of 01/28/21 IECS draft

Town of Ithaca Codes and Ordinance Committee
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 5:30pm
Agenda will be available for download here.
Continue discussion of IECS 01/28/21 draft