January 19th, 2018 – The New York City Council passed Local Law 55 of 2018, referred to as the “Asthma-Free Housing Act,” to combat rising asthma rates and improve quality of life for New York residents.
The bill requires landlords to prevent and remove indoor health hazards that can trigger asthma such as mold and pests, as well as mandating the use of safe and effective methods to ensure long-term success.
The existence of an indoor allergen hazard (mold, pests) in any dwelling unit in a multiple dwelling, is declared to constitute a condition dangerous to health, which must be addressed by the owner.
Buildings in NYC measuring more than 50,000 square feet, or groups of buildings on a single lot larger than 100,000 square feet, are required to annually measure, track, and report their energy and water consumption. This process is referred to as benchmarking, and is conducted on a government provided energy management tool called ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
The Cotocon Group can manage all Local Law 84 of 2009 requirements and will save you money on building operations, making your building more competitive. As part of PlaNYC 2030, a building’s reported ENERGY STAR Benchmarking score is made available to the public to encourage and generate energy efficiency and a greener usage of resources.
NYC Local Law 87 of 2009 mandates that buildings larger than 50,000 square feet are required to file an Energy Efficiency Report with the Department of Buildings. This Energy Efficiency Report includes details of the energy audit results and retro-commissioning measures.
An energy audit is an inspection, survey, analysis, and report of energy flows to improve energy efficiency in a building. It will study the base buildings systems, such as the building envelope, HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), conveying systems, domestic hot water systems and, electrical and lighting systems. While Retro-Commissioning is a detailed look at how well HVAC and lighting controls are actually working.
New York City’s Local Law 94 of 2019, passed under the New York City Climate Mobilization Act, requires the inclusion of a green roofing zone in new construction and for buildings undergoing certain major renovations. This roofing zone must be comprised of a photovoltaic (PV) electricity generating system (Solar Panels) or a green roof. Buildings with greater than 200 square feet of usable roof space must install a minimum of 4kW PV electricity generating system. If a building is unable to install a PV electricity generating system, a green roof system must be utilized. This is part of the “OneNYC 2050” program.
Have you ever seen the NYC Restaurant Letter Grades? Almost everyone who’s been to NYC has seen these colored letters (A through F) posted on the front of restaurants indicating their inspection results. Beginning in 2020, NYC Local Law 95 of 2019 will require ENERGY grades to be posted on every building over 25,000 square feet and listed on the NYC Covered Buildings List. These grades are based on Energy Efficiency and Water Usage.
April 18th, 2019 – The New York City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which is an ambitious package of legislation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2050. This “Green New Deal” will take effect in 2024 and is comprised of eleven pieces of legislation, but the centerpiece is the carbon emissions limits law for large NYC buildings (Local Law 97 of 2019).
New York City passed Local Law 133 of 2016 amending the original benchmarking Law, Local Law 84/09. As a result, the list of buildings required to benchmark has expanded significantly and now includes mid-sized buildings measuring 25,000 – 49,999 square feet. All types of mid-sized buildings within this range of square footage must benchmark energy and water use by May 1st annually.
The property must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, and develop a case for compliance from January 1st to December 31st of the previous year.