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New York City leads the nation and international community in energy efficiency initiatives and legislation, spearheaded by non-profit organizations, public/private partnerships and NYC’s administration.

  • Honest Buildings  & ASHRAE Membership Map

    • Honest Buildings is a software platform focused on buildings, providing a means to compare building consumption metrics across portfolios, neighborhoods, cities and even nationwide. Building data, including energy benchmarking data, green building certifications (i.e. LEED, ENERGY STAR), and pipeline renovation projects, is aggregated from a number of different public sources and proprietary partnerships as well as voluntary building owner and manager input

    • Honest Buildings and ASHRAE-NY have collaborated to create an interactive map of all ASHRAE member office buildings – view the ASHRAE network in map and grid format. Located in over 600 facilities across all five boroughs and beyond, the wide geographic diversity of our chapter speaks to the broad reach of our network.

  • Greener, Greater Building Plan

    • New York City’s Greener, Greater Building Plan is the nation’s most comprehensive strategy to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings. The Plan is implemented through a suite of four laws that address critical aspects of existing building energy consumption and management, targeting buildings over 50,000 ft2. City owned buildings were placed under an accelerated compliance time line; initial energy data and results have been released by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) continues to actively promote the current and upcoming compliance deadlines, including the first round of energy audits and retro-commissioning mandated by Local Law 87, due in 2013.

  • Green Codes Task Force

    • The Green Codes Task Force was initially convened under the Urban Green Council’s leadership in 2008 to advise the City on environmental and energy efficient construction and building operation practices. Focusing on energy consumption, water conservation, air quality, public health, and use of recycled materials, the Task Force released a report in 2010 proposing 111 recommendations, including both new regulations as well as amendments to existing laws/regulations. Recommendations were geared toward aligning building codes with PlaNYC’s sustainability objectives, with almost 50% addressing energy and carbon emissions. This year, the Mayor’s Office and Urban Green Council are celebrating the enactment of 29 of the 111 recommendations thus far; efforts continue within the Task Force and New York City government to implement additional proposals.