Crushing the Code NYS: Residential Envelope

In this 2-hour, online training, students will examine the ingredients for a code compliant building envelope and how they are incorporated into the 2020 ECCCNYS residential provisions.


Event Cost

  • Non Member & Member: Free Admission

Continuing Education Credits

2 GBCI, 2 AIA LU-HSW, 2 PDH, 0.2 ICC

Course Overview

The building envelope occupies a large portion of the Residential energy code because of its outsized impact on energy performance. As a huge driver of energy use, it’s critical that the envelope is designed and built to code. Crushing the Code NYS: Residential Envelope prepares building and design professionals in New York State to comply with the residential envelope requirements in the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS).

In this session, students will examine the ingredients for a code compliant building envelope and how they are incorporated into the 2020 ECCCNYS residential provisions. 

What you’ll learn

By the end of this 2-hour course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to identify the building thermal envelope and the different components that impact code compliance. 
  • Recognize the importance of the air barrier and discuss the latest industry strategies to create a tight building envelope for improved efficiency and occupant comfort. 
  • Describe the ways that heat flows through the building envelope and learn how to find or calculate the needed thermal resistance for code compliance. 
  • Explain code criteria that limits energy losses from windows.

Who is this for?

This training is recommended for architects, engineers, code enforcement officials, contractors, building owners and operators and students working towards a career in the building industry. Learn more about the Energy Code and if this training is right for you.

How it works

Each Crushing the Code training is live, taught remotely on Zoom, and led by a certified instructor with more than seven years of professional experience. Register for an upcoming class and put your energy code confusion to rest! 

If you have previously taken an 8-hour Crushing the Code NYS training, this 2-hour training contains similar content, reformatted into a shorter module.

Not sure where to start? Here’s how our newly restructured 2-hour trainings fit together. Take one standalone training, or take an entire series at your convenience.


Christina Aßmann
Educator/Freelance Architect, Syracuse University

Sustainability has been integral to Christina’s life since childhood, growing up in her native Germany. She has made it a focus in her career, both in professional practice and teaching. Her passion is overlaying the philosophy of Living Building Challenge, Passive House and other high-performance building standards. With 18 years of experience working at various architectural firms and as an educator, she is currently teaching at Syracuse University and has a few Passive House projects in the pipeline.