ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Ithaca officials are asking for public comment on the latest draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement.

The City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca have been working on a Green Building Policy (GBP) since 2017. In May 2018, the Common Council adopted the GBP Report, which contained recommendations for code requirements that officials say would “substantially reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings, while emphasizing and supporting affordability”.

Since then, a group consisting of City and Town officials, senior staff and other staff members, in conjunction with consultants Stream Collaborative and Taitem Engineering, have worked to add what they believe are necessary details to the GBP report recommendations.

As a result, the current draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement has been released. Officials say it's meant to be an “easy-to-understand” document containing the content that will be in the final Energy Code Supplement, but is formatted for the purpose of discussion and editing.

This draft is now being circulated for public comment. Officials are requesting comments be made before September 30. Staff and consultants will look at the feedback and work with the City and Town committees and departments to codify the Code Supplement before bringing it back to the Planning and Economic Development Committee of Common Council and the Town of Ithaca Board to consider adoption.

Officials say the goal is to “maintain one unified regulation that covers both the Town and the City.

You can find additional information here.

The draft is attached below: