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Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Regulation  -  May 5, 2016

NYC announces new energy efficiency initiatives, regulations for buildings

Toward New York City's goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, the mayor's office recently announced new energy efficiency initiatives for buildings.

The new initiatives, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, are aimed at helping New York's more than one million buildings of all sizes, types and uses. The city also outlined a series of programs that will provide technical and financial support to building owners and managers in making these significant improvements.

According to a news release from the city, the new initiatives — which comprise new regulations for existing and new building — are the result of a comprehensive analysis of New York City building energy-use data. The city said it worked with more than 50 industry leaders, experts and advocates who served on a buildings technical working group.

The city will phase in the measures, detailed in an April 22 statement from the city, over the next ten years, giving consideration to capital and replacement schedules, in order to minimize costs to building owners. 

“Cities that lead on climate, lead on buildings,” Mayor de Blasio said in announcing the initiatives. 

The initiatives build on the mayor's previously announced plans to retrofit public and private buildings called "One City: Built to Last,"and are projected to reduce GHG emissions from buildings by 2.7 million metric tons. The initiatives are also expected to save building owners approximately $900 million in energy costs each year and create an estimated 1,300 direct construction-related jobs.

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