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How New York’s Ban on Fuel-Burning Equipment Affects Your Construction Project

What you need to know before changes take effect in January 2026.

Source: Directly from the law at NYAssembly.gov

To achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, New York became the first state to prohibit the installation of fossil fuel equipment and building systems - namely cooking stoves, clothes dryers, fireplaces and heating / cooling equipment.


In the not-too-distant future, fuel-burning appliances will become a staple of the past.


Why?


Buildings emit 32% of greenhouse gases.


When?


  • New buildings <7 stories high starting 01.01.2026

  • New buildings of any height starting 01.01.2029


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Exceptions:


  • Existing buildings built prior to the effective date

  • Repair, alteration, addition, relocation, or change of occupancy of existing buildings

  • Installation or continued use and maintenance in existing buildings

  • Backup generators

  • Manufactured homes, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, laboratories, car washes, laundromats, hospitals / medical facilities, + critical infrastructure


Now What?


Once the law takes effect, if your building already has fossil fuel appliances, you can continue to use, maintain and even replace them with new ones. However, if you’re building from scratch, all of your building systems and appliances must be electric.



Want to learn how this will affect your project specifically?


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  • Understand your project goals and aspirations

  • Discuss your current situation and resources

  • Explain our process at a high level

  • Provide you with next steps based on your objectives and current situation



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