City Council Expands Energy Regulations for Mid-Sized Buildings
On October 13th 2016, New York City Council unanimously approved legislation that expanded energy regulations to include mid-sized buildings. In 2009, City Council passed Local Laws 84 and 88, requiring large buildings to upgrade light systems and report their water and energy use; today, Introductions were passed to apply those laws to mid-sized buildings. Since 68% of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, these Introductions heighten New York City’s sense of energy accountability and consumer awareness. Improving building’s energy efficiency will be one of the main ways forward to cutting the City’s greenhouse gas emissions over the first half of this century.
Buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. have been required since 2009 to report their energy and water use. Now, Introduction 1163’s passing expands that regulation to include buildings of 25,000 sq. ft. and over. Sponsored by Daniel Garodnick, Intro 1163’s new inclusions predicate future retro-fitting for energy efficiency by making more buildings’ exact energy uses transparent. Owners of buildings between 25,000-50,000 sq. ft. will now have the technical information relevant to making future energy savings plans on a building-by-building basis.
Interested in energy efficiency and high performance building technology? Attend the NESEA BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show, NYC's fastest-growing event for professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives and high performance buildings. Hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), this year's event will be held on November 3rd at the TKP New York Conference Center. Register today at nesea.org/benyc16.
In a dense city like ours, making energy efficiency a priority is good common sense. You can read more about the new legislation at the NYLCV website here.