Summary

The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) is the most comprehensive set of energy efficiency laws in the U.S., targeting New York City’s largest existing buildings which constitute half its built square footage and 45 percent of citywide carbon emissions. For these buildings, the policies require an annual benchmarking of energy and water use with public disclosure; an audit and retro-commissioning every ten years; for non-residential spaces, upgrades for lighting to meet the energy code, and the installation of electrical meters or sub-meters for large tenant spaces.

What is it?

GGBP is part of a larger, unprecedented effort called PlaNYC, New York City’s plan for sustainable growth through 2030. PlaNYC lays out ten major goals, including cleaner air and water, and homes for almost a million New Yorkers. These goals culminate in a citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 30 percent by 2030.

Achieving this target will require increasing energy efficiency in buildings, because 75 percent of New York City’s GHG emissions come from energy used in buildings. Furthermore, energy efficiency strategies will need to focus on existing buildings because by 2030, at least 85 percent of New York City’s buildings will be made up of those already present today.

Find out full details of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan here.

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