New York City is committed to reduce our emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, making us the largest city in the world to commit to this goal.
In New York City, our buildings are responsible for the overwhelming share of our emissions. The energy we use in our homes, schools, workplaces, stores, and public facilities accounts for nearly 75% of our contribution to climate change.
Below are some links you may find helpful for information on making your building comply with the New York City’s Green Building Legislation.
Are you familiar with the NYC Greener, Greater Buildings Plan and One City: Built to Last?
- NYC Retrofit Accelerator
- One City: Built to Last
- NYC Partner Agencies
- Transcript: Mayor’s Keynote Remarks at Symposium on Cities and Sustainable Development
- plaNYCTM for a Sustainable Future
- New Green Building Laws of 2009
- The NYC Greener, Greater Buildings Plan
- NYC Carbon Challenge
- NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Co-ops and Condos
How can you comply with LL84 Benchmarking this year?
- LL84/09 Law & Rules (PDF)
- LL84/09 NYC Covered Buildings List 2017 for 2016 compliance (PDF)
- LL84/09 Energy and Water Use Benchmarking Guide v 3.0 (PDF)
- LL84/09 Con Edison’s Benchmarking Website
- LL84/09 EPA Portfolio Manager
How can you comply with LL87/09 Energy Audit & Retro-commissioning this year?
- LL87/09 Law and Rules (PDF)
- LL87/09 Energy Audit & Retro-commissioning Presentation from the Mayor’s Office v5 (PDF)
- LL87/09 Energy Audit & Retro-commissioning Urban Green Council’s Checklist v5 (PDF)
How can you comply with LL88/09 Lighting Upgrades & Sub-metering?
- LL88/09 Law (PDF)
- Local Law 88: Lighting Upgrades and Sub-metering presentation – Urban Green Council
- Local Law 88: Checklist – Urban Green Council
- NYC Commercial Lighting Training Module
Do want more information on some of the financing options with NYSERDA’s programs?
- NYSERDA – New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
- NYSERDA – NYC Regional Office Contacts
- NYSERDA – All Programs
- Commercial Programs
- Commercial Implementation Assistance
- Flexible Technical Assistance: Eligible study areas can include:
- Strategic energy management assistance
- Energy master planning
- Energy audits such as ASHRAE Level II or comparable analyses
- Targeted system or equipment upgrade options, and
- On-site combined heat and power (CHP) feasibility studies
- Real-time Energy Management
- Commercial Tenant Program
- Combined Heat and Power Program
- NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program: Existing Buildings
- NYSERDA Multifamily Buildings Submetering
- NY-Sun Program
- Wind Turbines
- Commercial Programs
What are some other sources of Federal or New York State financial incentives?
- Federal Tax Incentives Assistance Project
- NYS incentives/policies for renewables and efficiency (dsireusa.org)
- Energy Star
Is Your Building Burning the Dirty No. 4 or No. 6 Oil?
- Convert to Natural Gas with Con Edison
- Estimate Your Savings with Natural Gas vs. Oil
- Are you in a Con Edison 2015 – 2019 Area Growth Zone?
- NYC Clean Heat Interactive Map of Dirty Heating Oil in New York City
- The Bottom of the Barrel: How the Dirtiest Heating Oil Pollutes Our Air and Harms Our Health
U.S. Department of Energy’s Programs to Reduce Energy Use in Buildings
- Commercial Building Partnership Overview – Retrofit to Use 30% Less Energy (energy.gov)
- 179D Federal Tax Deduction for Energy Efficiency Improvements to Commercial Buildings
- Better Buildings Challenge to make Commercial and Industrial Buildings at least 20% More Efficient in Next Decade
- Improving the Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings
- Building America – To Reduce the Energy Use of Housing by 40% to 100%
Do want more information on some of Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency programs?
- Multifamily Buildings: (1) Market Rate and (2) Affordable Housing Customers
- Commercial and Industrial Program
- Renewable Energy
- Demand Response Program – Get Paid to Use Less Energy
- Demand Management Program Incentives
- Steam Air Conditioning Incentives
Commercial Green Leases
- Leading Corporations Partner to Improve the Energy and Environmental Aspects of Leased Space (See attached Green Lease Checklist)
- Leased Space Environmental and Energy Efficiency Attributes Checklist (PDF)
- Model Green Lease
- Model Energy Aligned Lease (new) (PDF)
For General Information on Renewable Energy
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)
- Solar Energy Industries Association
- New York Solar Energy Association
- Ground Souce Heat Pump (Geothermal)
- NYC Tax Abatement for Green Roof and Solar Electric Generating Systems Guide (PDF)
- Tax Abatement Forms for Installation of Green Roof (PTA3) (PDF)
- Tax Abatement Forms for Installation of Solar Electric Generating System (PTA4) (PDF)
- Green Roof and Solar Panel Property Tax Abatement FAQs
- NYC Green Roof Law Proposed New Rule 5-14-14 (PDF)
- NYC Solar Electric-generating Systems Rule (PDF)
For NYS Renewable Energy Property Tax Abatement Information
- NYS Legislation for Solar Electric Generating System
- NYS Legislation for Green Roof (and for other States)
For NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Information
- Building Permits
- Business Resources
- NYC Codes (Gen Admin Provisions; Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, & Building Codes)
UPDATE: 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code
The 2016 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYSECC), based on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 – as modified by the State of New York, went into effect on October 3, 2016. The 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC), based on the State Code and further modified, went into effect on October 3, 2016.
- Buildings Information Systems
- DOB Local Laws
- Cooling Towers & Evaporating Condensers
- Hiring a Professional
Design for Resiliency Information (After Superstorm Sandy)
- Designing for Resiliency Educational Outreach
- Designing For Resiliency: NYC’s New Local Laws – 4-8-2014 Presented by Valerie Corbett (PDF)
- Rebuilding After Sandy and Recently Enacted Legislation
- Summary of Recently Enacted Legislation (PDF)
Energy Disclosure Ordinances in Other U.S. Cities
Property Taxes as Financing Vehicle for Green Upgrades