The New York City Council passed legislation to help build a “Green New Deal for New York City”. The Climate Mobilization Act passed last week by a sweeping 45-2. The suite of 10 bills and resolutions is noted to be the largest single carbon reduction effort that any city, anywhere, has ever put forward.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York's new measure, is the first in the world to actually mandate changes from existing buildings rather than solely new builds. Among the bundle of bills is Intro 1235 that expands Local Law 87 retro-commissioning and audit requirements to buildings greater than 25,000 square feet. New York City’s largest buildings are the main target for the building energy and carbon emissions efforts which are reported to make up less than 2 percent of the city’s real estate, but account for roughly half of its energy use.
“The measure exempts or sets more lenient limits for houses of worship, single-family homes, hospitals, certain low- and middle- income cooperatives, New York City Housing Authority complexes, public edifices and power plants. To the chagrin of major real estate interests, that means the weight of the law falls mainly upon commercial buildings and market-rate condominiums and co-ops” as reported by Crain’s New York Business.
Under the law, owners will need to improve insulation, lighting, heating and cooling systems, among other changes, to reduce the amount of energy their buildings use. If building owners do not comply with the measure, they will face substantial fines — a reported $1 million or more per year for the largest buildings.
"They are the kinds of mandates that some building owners will find to be stretch goals and will find to be difficult. But that's the point," de Blasio says. That is, the law is designed to push owners to make changes they wouldn't otherwise. "It's not supposed to be too easy, we have to set the bar high" de Blasio told NPR in an interview.
NuEnergen can help, rest assured. New York City building owners can look to NuEnergen’s robust solutions such as Energy Sourcing/Procurement, Renewable Energy Credits, Benchmarking, Real-time Metering and Demand Response services to help satisfy core aspects of the efficiency mandate.
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