What is it?

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 97/2019).

New NYC Local Laws from the Climate Mobilization Act:

Local Law 97 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits

Beginning in 2024, buildings over 25,000 square feet will have to meet carbon emissions limits based on the facility’s occupancy group type.

Local Law 96 – Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Voluntary Finance Program

A voluntary sustainable energy loan program that will provide low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency projects. PACE will help building owners finance energy efficiency projects that are required by the new legislation in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions citywide

Local Law 94 – Requires Green Roofs on New Construction / Largely renovated Buildings

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.

Local Law 95 – Adjusting Energy Letter Grade Ranges

Starting in 2020, buildings over 25,000 square feet must display energy grades at public entrances.

Local Law 93 – Posting Information on Installation of Green Roofs

Requires the Office of Alternative Energy to post information on its website regarding the installation of green roofs and other resources and materials regarding green roof systems.

Local Law 92 – Green Roofs on Smaller Buildings

Requires smaller buildings to comply with new green roof standards of Local Law 95 (see above).

FIND OUT HOW THIS WILL IMMEDIATELY IMPACT THE VALUE OF YOUR BUILDING:

Carbon Emissions Limits for Buildings (Local Law 97/2019)

Local Law 97 mandates that covered buildings 25,000 square feet and larger cannot emit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at levels higher than the limits set by the law. These carbon limits are set based on the occupancy group of the building and take effect in 2024.
Beginning May 1st, 2025, covered buildings will need to submit a report showing their carbon emissions from the year prior (2024). This reporting of a building’s emissions must occur annually and the report must be prepared by a registered design professional.
Buildings that do not submit an annual report prior to May 1st or release carbon emissions above their occupancy group limit will be fined.

Carbon Emissions Limits Per Occupancy Group (tCO2e/sf)

Case Studies

The following two case studies are actual buildings that The Cotocon Group is currently the ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider (SPP).

These GHG emissions projections show how efficiently run buildings by 2019 standards can still be at risk of violation for 2024.

BUILDING A

2019 ENERGY STAR SCORE: 75 (ENERGY STAR Certified)

500,000 sqft.

Occupancy Group B (Office)

BUILDING B

2019 ENERGY STAR SCORE: 43 (Non – ENERGY STAR Certified)

31,000 sqft.

Occupancy Group R-2 (Residential)

Recommended Services

The Cotocon Group offers several different types of services to prepare buildings in New York City for these sweeping new sustainability laws. The services below help monitor and improve building energy efficiency, find cost-effective ways to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and much more:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program (Local Law 96)

Local Law 96 establishes a Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or PACE for short. This sustainable energy loan program is a voluntary financing mechanism that will provide low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency projects. PACE will help building owners finance energy efficiency projects that are required by the new legislation in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions citywide.

PACE financing will be repaid as an assessment on the property’s regular tax bill and can be used for commercialnonprofit, and residential properties.

Green Roofs Required on City Buildings (Local Law 94)

Local Law 94 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.