Showing posts with label green buildings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label green buildings. Show all posts

Dec 12, 2011

NYC Zone Green Proposal

NYC Begins Public Review on Far Reaching Zone Green Proposal

The City Planning Commission unveiled details of its Zone Green initiative for public review today. The wide-ranging plan aims to reduce greenhouse emissions in NYC by increasing the energy efficiency of its buildings through the use of solar energy, improved materials, and the removal of regulatory restrictions on retro-fits to existing buildings.

Regulatory changes would go further than any major US city to remove obstacles to Green Buildings and energy efficiency. Zone Green builds on PlaNYC to create potential annual energy savings of up to $800 million, improve the environment and create jobs.

Key Zone Green zoning proposals
  • To create energy efficient building walls, allow existing buildings to add external insulation within their property line by exempting insulation from floor area and yard requirements. Reward new buildings that exceed current energy efficiency standards by partially exempting more efficient walls from floor area calculations.
  • Revise regulations to allow solar panels on roofs to penetrate maximum building height limits.
  • Permit sun control devices such as vertical or horizontal shades or screens to project from building facades over required open areas. These devices can help reduce the need for air conditioning and lighting, but are often prohibited.
  • Amend regulations to foster green roofs and skylights as well as the use of rooftops for managing stormwater or accommodating cogeneration facilities. Allow more flexibility for bulkheads to accommodate multiple rooftop uses.
  • Subject to certification from the Chair of the City Planning Commission, waive floor area and height limits for rooftop greenhouses on buildings without residences or sleeping accommodations.
  • Wind energy generation makes the most sense on taller buildings and near the waterfront where winds are more consistent. Proposed zoning changes would allow small wind turbines above building height limits on buildings taller than 100 feet and on buildings lower than 100 feet near the waterfront, except in low-density residence districts.
Related Zone Green proposals

Related City legislation would tighten the energy performance standards for a building’s envelope (walls, windows, roof). This would ensure the long-term energy efficiency of these buildings.
Zone Green also proposes a targeted amendment to the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law to allow the external insulation of buildings built before 1961.

The proposed text amendment will undergo a complete public review process, including referral for 60 days to all community boards, borough boards and borough presidents for review and comment, followed by review by the City Planning Commission and City Council.

Sep 25, 2009

"NYC Cool Roofs"

Mayor Bloomberg and former Vice President and founder of the Alliance for Climate Protection Al Gore launched a NYC service initiative, “NYC Cool Roofs,” a volunteer program to coat the rooftops of participating buildings with reflective, white coating to reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse emissions.
Cool Roofs can reduce roof temperatures by 60 degres and indoor temperatures by 10 to 20 degrees. "NYC Cool Roofs" program mobilizes volunteers to coat building rooftops.

The program will help the city achieve PlaNYC goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

The City’s new building code, enacted by the Bloomberg Administration in 2008, requires most new roofs built in New York City to have 75 percent of the roof area covered with reflective, white coating or to be ENERGY STAR® rated as highly reflective.

New Yorkers interested in giving back by working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can become an NYC Cool Roofs volunteer by visiting or calling 311. Building owners and homeowners that wish to reduce their own energy costs and reduce their own carbon footprint, can also visit or call 311 to learn how to coat their own roof with reflective, white coating.

May 11, 2009

Property Tax Abatement for Going Green

To support recent New York State laws providing property tax abatements for the installation of green roofs and solar electric-generating systems, the Buildings Department has implemented new rules for tax abatement applications. 

The Department has created a fact sheet which reviews the process for completing abatement applications and compiled frequently asked questions to assist applicants.

NYC Goal of Reducing Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2030

related posts:

Solar Empowerment Zones 
Green Real Estate Glossary

Tips for Greening Your Apartment in 2009

Green Condo Buildings in Manhattan

Nation's First Multi-Story Green Industrial Facility Opens In NYC

Empire State Building Going Green

Broadway Goes Green

Green NYC

Feb 2, 2009

Green Real Estate Glossary

Alternative energy- An umbrella term used to describe any non-traditional energy source (wind power, solar energy) that replaces more traditional sources that use fossil fuels.

Carbon footprint- A measure of your impact on the environment terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced. Carbon footprint refers to the overall carbon emissions a building creates including construction and operation.

Carbon neutral- A company, developer, or action that claims it does not make any carbon emissions or that if it does it offsets the emissions elsewhere.

Carbon offsetting- The process of reducing carbon emissions by donating money to organizations that will plant trees or create renewable energy technology. An example would be taking a flight and paying an organization to plant trees that will equal out the amount of carbon emissions used by the flight.

Eco-assessment - An evaluation of your home or workplace that aims to cut down your energy and water usage.

Energy efficiency - Methods and technology that can reduce the amount of electricity or fuel used to do the same work, such as keeping a house warm using less energy.

Fossil fuels- Coal, oil and natural gas made by the decomposition of fossilized plants and animals.

Green design - A design, usually architectural, conforming to environmentally sound principles of building, material and energy use. A green building, for example, might make use of solar panels, skylights and recycled building materials.

Going green - Adopting practices that reduce your overall impact on the environment. These may include reducing your energy usage, recycling, using public transportation, buying local products, and/or designing, remodeling, or buying a home that is more energy efficient.

Greenwashing - The practice of making a false or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a company, product, service or technology. An example is a homeowner/REALTOR referring to his or her home/listing with few green features as a “green home.”

LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Photovoltaic (PV) panels - Solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. Power is produced when sunlight strikes the semiconductor material and creates an electrical current. While initial costs to buy and install these panels are still high, incentives and rebates as well as savings in utility bills offset the purchase price.

Sustainability- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses the World Commission on Environment and Development definition that describes sustainability as: “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC): VOCs are organic chemical compounds that are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. They can have short- and long-term adverse health effects. In the home, VOCs are often found in paint, cleaning supplies, building materials and furnishings.

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Tips for Greening Your Apartment in 2009

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Nation's First Multi-Story Green Industrial Facility Opens In NYC

Empire State Building Going Green

Broadway Goes Green

Green NYC

Sep 25, 2008

NYC Awards Greenest Building Designs

NY1 reported the winners of the city's green building competition yesterday.

The grand prize went to The Visionaire and the Battery Park City Conservancy's maintenance facility.

The two projects were designed to coexist in a single structure with a geothermal system for heating and cooling.

The Visionaire developed by the Albanese organizations is the developer's third green building in Battery Park City and is built on the last remaining residential plot in BPC.

The Bowery Hotel was also a winner. Guests at the hotel will be able to see their individual daily energy usage displayed on their televisions.

In addition, window gardens and the rooftop terrace will be treated with storm water.

The EPA and the city's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability organized the competition.

Remaining units at the Visionaire range from a 605 square foot studio for $680,000 to a 1737 square foot 3 bedroom for $2,670,000.

Contact me for showings or to have listings emailed from the Visionaire or any other Manhattan new development.

Apr 22, 2008

Green Apple: NYC Celebrates Earth Day

There are plenty of events being organized throughout the city in celebration of Earth Day, including nature walks, lectures, crafts, and concerts. For a full list of activities, go to the New York City Park's Department website,

If you're thinking about easy ways to be green, here are some simple ideas that can actually save you money and help save the environment. suggests the following:
  1. Recycle according to your building's guidelines.
  2. Unplug "ghost appliances such as VCR or a coffee maker when you're not using them.
  3. Believe it or not, left plugged, these appliances take up energy. You'll actually save on your electric bill. And when buying appliances, look for the "Energy Star" label.
    Most notably, Con Ed offers green power to find out more, go to: They are offering a $25 rebate to sign up with this eco-friendly alternative.
  4. And finally, take mass transit whenever possible.
For the ultra "green" enthusiastic, has a downloadable map with information about organic dining, where to buy recycled or organic items such as linens and transportation choices around New York.

For instance, it mentions OZOcar which calls itself NYC's 1st eco-friendly car service with hybrid cars. (877-OZO-5966) or ...when mass transit isn't possible.

For home renovations, go to, where you can purchase green building materials such as paint, countertops, flooring, cleaning supplies, etc.

The has useful, practical everyday living information.

More green tips from : greeNYC

previous green posts:

Green Buildings in Manhattan
Green Up NYC streets Plant a Tree
The Visionaire - Green Luxury Condos
Yellow Taxis Green by 2012
NYC's First Green School in BPC
The Lucida Upper East Side's First Green Condo

If you're thinking about living in a new green luxury condo click my new developments page submit the buyer form and write "green" in the comment section. I will send you current email listings of green condos that match your buying criteria.

Apr 5, 2008

Green Condo Buildings in Manhattan

The Future is Now!
Green technology and space age designs are currently under construction throughout Manhattan.

High Line 23 or HL23 (shown above) is a new green building from Neil M. Denari Architects that is currently under construction in the West Chelsea art gallery district at West 23rd Street and 10th Avenue.

The structure is a 14 floor mixed use of gallery space and condominiums with amazing views of the new High Line elevated park preservation and green space reuse project.

The condo will include nine floor-through apartments ranging in size from about 1,850 square feet to 2,600 square feet. Prices range from $2,750,000 to $10,500,000 for the 3700 square foot penthouse duplex unit with a terrace.

LEED certified homes combine systems that together create a holistically green building that is much more than energy savings. Energy, indoor air quality, water consumption, sustainable sites, landscaped roofs all create an envornmentally friendly building.

To receive LEED certificate a building has to earn 26 of 69 points on a scale created by the (LEED) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the country's most popular green benchmark. Certification of silver, gold or platunum can happen up to a year after the building is completed. Green buildings are required to be 14 per cent more efficient than regular building codes dictate. can provide more information about what to look for in a green home.

Green buildings in Manhattan:
The Visionaire: 70 Little Street, Battery Park City *(LEED Platinum)Riverhouse: One Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City *(LEED Gold)The Brompton: 205 East 85th Street, Upper East Side *(LEED Silver)The Harrison: West 76th Street, Upper West Side *(LEED Silver)High Line 23 or HL23: 515-717 West 23rd Street, Chelsea (LEED Gold)The Kalahari: 40 West 116th Street, Harlem *(LEED Silver)1400 on 5th: 1400 Fifth Avenue, Harlem *(LEED level pending)
Millenium Tower Residences: 30 West St. BPC (LEED Gold rating )

The Lucida: 151 East 85th Street, Upper East Side *(LEED Silver)

(search 'green' on search this blog for updated information)
If you're thinking about living in a new green luxury condo click my new developments page submit the buyer form and write "green" in the comment section. I will send you current email listings of green condos that match your buying criteria.

Related posts on nyc BLOG estate:Green Real Estate Glossary
Tips for Greening Your Apartment in 2009
Nation's First Multi-Story Green Industrial Facility Opens In NYC
Empire State Building Going Green
Broadway Goes Green
Green NYC

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