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:
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, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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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)
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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, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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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, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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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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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, www1.nyc.gov/site/communityretrofitnyc/index.page; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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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, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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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.
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HERE. (Source: City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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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, www1.nyc.gov/site/sustainability/index.page
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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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