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New York City Passes Green Legislation

New York Becomes First American City to Begin a Comprehensive and Mandatory Effort to Reduce Emissions from Large Existing Buildings

Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn today announced the passage of landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing government, commercial, and residential buildings in New York City.

The four bills passed today include:
  • Int. No. 564-A: Legislation that creates a New York City Energy Code that existing buildings will have to meet whenever they make renovations;
  • Int. No. 476-A: Legislation that requires large buildings owners to make an annual benchmark analysis of energy consumption so that owners, tenants, and potential tenants can compare buildings’ energy consumption;
  • Int. No. 973-A: Legislation that requires large commercial buildings (over 50,000 square feet) to upgrade their lighting and sub-meter tenant spaces over 10,000 square feet; and
  • Int. No. 967-A: Legislation that requires large private buildings to conduct energy audits once every decade and implement energy efficient maintenance practices. Also, all city-owned buildings over 10,000 sq ft will be required to conduct audits and complete energy retrofits that pay for themselves within 7-years.


  1. This is great news. Excellent for NYC to be moving in this direction!

  2. These are all great steps toward conserving energy and reducing the greenhouse effect. Just hope entrepreneurs don't get legislated right out of business.

  3. This really an informative post regarding New york...
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