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NYC Upgrades Energy Efficiency, Conservation Codes (Ind Report)
New York City, Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-04-03
In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio is reporting passage of a new and updated 2020 Energy Conservation Code aimed at improving energy efficiency for new and existing buildings as part of New York City's Green New Deal.

The 2020 Energy Conservation Code was modeled after the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NYStretch Energy Code, requires new and existing buildings meet the following, effective 12 May:

  • Improve the building thermal envelope by requiring better performing walls and windows;

  • Minimize and control air leakage by sealing and testing the building envelope;

  • Balconies and parapets must be continuously insulated;

  • Meet minimum energy efficiency requirements for heating and cooling systems;

  • More efficient interior lighting and additional lighting controls;

  • Perform commissioning on more HVAC alteration projects;

  • Efficiency measures on new elevators and commercial kitchen equipment;

  • Create the infrastructure for the future installation of electric vehicle chargers in one- and two-family homes;

  • Require whole building metering for new buildings greater than 25,000 square fee;

  • Allow source energy as a metric, instead of energy cost, for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling;

  • Additional thermal envelope performance requirements for buildings choosing to comply with energy modeling. (Source: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, NY Law School, City Land, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Mayor Bill de Basio, Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability,

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  • NYC Mayor Urged to Commit $1Bn to Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-01-24
    In the Big Apple, Mayor de Blasio is being lobbied by City Comptroller Scott Stringer to commit $1 billion per year to the upgrading of the energy efficiency of the city's public housing. The cash would build on the city's Dirty Buildings Law requiring energy upgrades and improvements.

    In 2019, budgeted $60 million to start retrofitting municipal buildings. Retrofitting can entail changes to lighting and upgrades to air distribution systems. The Mayor has proposed roughly $300 million for "building construction, reconstruction or retrofit" over the next four years. (Source: Various Media, NY Daily News, 23 Jan., 2020)Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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    Calls for Limited Building Glass to Save Energy (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Architects and engineers are reportedly calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool. Although glass-fronted offices let in lots of natural light the sunlight also brings heat creating "greenhouse effect" that in sealed buildings ha nowhere to escape.

    To avoid this greenhouse effect, air conditioning has been the standard solution, but, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy used on air condition has doubled since 2000 and presently accounts for about 14 pct of all energy consumed.

    In obvious agreement with the IEA, in April NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said he would ban all-glass buildings and force developers to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient, although the "ban" was later clarified to mean "excessive use of glass and steel." In the UK, London's mayor Sadiq Khan ruled out a similar plan but released regulations requiring construction firms to assess a building's energy use across its whole life-cycle and to use special types of glass that can block sunshine in hot weather, or even generate electricity themselves, such as the Edge building in Amsterdam. (Source: Various Media, Guardian, July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

    "Your Polluting Buildings are Part of the Problem", de Blasio Tells Trump (Notable Quote)
    Climate Change, Bill De Blasio
    Date: 2019-05-15
    "Our message is loud and clear. We're tackling climate change head-on with NYC's Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050. President Trump -- you're on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.

    As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030. (Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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    de Blasio Plan Bans "Inefficient" Glass Skyscrapers (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-24
    New York City's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio reports his OneNYC2050 plan to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change would ban new construction of glass skyscrapers and see the resurfacing of many existing major building facades which the mayor claims are "incredibly inefficient" because so much energy escapes through the glass.

    The plan, which is part of his Worship's efforts to reduce city-wide greenhouse emissions by 30 pct, would also require all city operations to be powered from renewable energy sources, mandatory organics recycling, and various other measures. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 4NY, April, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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    NYC Mayor Touts OneNYC2050 Carbon Neutrality Goals (Ind. Report)
    Bill de Blasio
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Empire State, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is trumpeting the OneNYC 2050 plan aimed at slashing the Big Apple's greenhouse gas emissions 28 pct and putting the city on track to make a 40 pct cut in emissions by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The Mayor's announcement comes on the heels of the City Council legislative package called the Climate Mobilization Act, the centerpiece of which is an emissions cap on buildings 25,000 square feet and up -- houses of worship and rent controlled and affordable housing excepted -- compelling landlords to retrofit their buildings beginning in 2024 or face hefty fines. The legislation aims to slash buildings' GHG emissions -- which currently account for almost 70 pct of the citywide total -- by 40 pct in 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. OneNYC 2050 leverages and expands on that bill by banning construction of energy inefficient, glass-facade structures touches on pre-existing plans to shore up the city's defenses against climate change related natural disasters and storms. Mayor De Blasio projects these initiatives will cost the city roughly $14 billion. (Source: NYC, Various Media, Waste360, April, 2019)

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    NYC Touts Small Bldg Energy Efficiency, Emissions Program (Ind. Report)
    Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In the Big Apple, the Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio is touting the $6.6 million, three-year Community Retrofit NYC program. The 2016 program was created and funded by New York City to provide engineering, financial and construction management and energy-related advisory services to small- and mid-sized buildings -- from five to 50 units -- in 12 financially challenged districts to make older and often poorly maintained buildings more efficient and to help simplify the energy and water efficiency retrofit process. To date, Retrofit NYC has worked with 384 buildings

    The program is one of several launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as part of the mayor's commitment to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    As buildings account for 40 pct of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the US could avoid 80,000 tons of GHG emissions by remodeling one out of every 100 homes, according to U.S. Green Council (USGBC). (Source: Community Retrofit NYC, NextCity, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Community Retrofiy NYC,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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    NYC Greener, Greater Buildings Plan Cuts Emissions 14 pct (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2017-10-20
    In the Big Apple, the mayor's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan has found that the energy consumption of 4,200 of Manhattan's largest buildings fell by 10 pct reduced carbon emissions by 14 pct and energy use by 10 pct between 2010 and 2015 and carbon emissions dropped by 14 pct during the same period.

    In addition to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2014 De Blasio launched the 80X50 Initiative that would remove 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the city by 2030. (Source: City of New York, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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    Big Apple Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2017-10-06
    In the Empire State, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's office has released a plan that aligns the city with with the Paris Climate agreement limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. The Mayor's plan calls for the city to cut emissions by 80 pct below 2005 levels by the middle of the century and for the city to offset all remaining carbon pollution by 2050.

    The plan, which focuses on specific actions including a greater reliance on renewable energy, covers building codes, energy production, energy management and efficiency, as well as significant measures to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and clean transportation.

    Download Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement HERE. (Source: City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

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    NYC Mandates Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    New York City
    Date: 2017-09-20
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has announced new requirements for building owners to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of NYC's 14,500 least-efficient buildings, which together produce 24 pct of NYC's total greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new mandates that will force building owners to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and meet fossil fuel caps which will see upgrades to boilers, water heaters, roofs, windows and others. Specifically, the new mandated fossil fuel caps will apply to all buildings over 25,000 square feet, and will require replacement of fossil fuel equipment as well as energy efficiency upgrades over the next 12 to 17 years. The new program is expected to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 7 pct by 2035

    Smaller building owners will qualify for support from a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program low interest rate financing. It is expected that such a program will have the potential to finance $100 million annually in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor, Various Media, Sept., 2017) Contact: Office of NYC Mayor, Mark Chambers, Dir, Office of Sustainability,

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    New York’s buildings emit most of its greenhouse gases. The mayor has a plan to change that.

    Date: 2017-09-15
    In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has announced a first-of-a-kind initiative to force aging buildings to become more energy efficient by mandating that owners of existing buildings larger than 25,000 square feet invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, insulation and hot-water heaters in the years ahead. If approved by the City Council, the requirements would apply to about 14,500 private and municipal buildings, which the mayor’s office says collectively account for nearly a quarter of New York City’s emissions. Most buildings would need to comply with new efficiency targets by 2030.

    The de Blasio administration is pproposing annual penalties that increase with a building’s size and its fossil-fuel usage. Beginning in 2030, a 30,000-square-foot apartment building that exceeds certain energy targets would pay $60,000 for each year it doesn’t meet the new standards, according to the mayor’s office. A building with 1 million square feet that was operating outside the required efficiency standards would pay as much as $2 million in annual penalties. Buildings not in compliance also would be prevented from receiving permits for major renovations. City officials said they intend to help owners afford energy upgrades through low-interest financing

    de Blasio said as he directed city agencies to report by Sept. 30 on their efforts to achieve reductions in carbon emissions. (Source: Office of NYC Mayor , Washington Post, Others, 13 Sept., 2017)

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