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Cutting Edge New York City Green Building Laws Enacted

January 05, 2010

By David J. Freeman and Jesse Hiney

A package of legislation putting New York City squarely in the forefront of promoting green buildings was signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on December 28, 2009. The intent of the new laws is to lower the environmental impact of New Yorks built environment and create the ability to benchmark a buildings energy efficiency against similarly situated buildings. However, the laws also impose significant responsibilities and costs on building owners.

This client alert includes a brief summary of the newly-enacted (1) New York City Energy Conservation Code, (2) Audits and Retro-Commissioning Law, (3) Lighting and Retrofit Law, and (4) Energy and Water Use Benchmarking Law.