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De Blasio to commit $1B into “greening” buildings

The city will also put pressure on private landlords to make environmentally conscious updates

September 21, 2014 05:00PM

Mayor de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio has announced plans to commit at least $1 billion over the next decade to “greening” city-owned buildings.

The city will also pressure private landlords to make similar energy-efficiency improvements, according to the New York Post.

The mayor will announce the initiative, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, before the start of the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday.

The mayor’s goal is to cut building emissions by 80 percent, similar to the targets set for developed countries by the United Nations, according to the Post.

Currently buildings are responsible for 75 percent of the city’s greenhouse emissions.

However, as of yet the details of the proposal for city landlords have not been provided. [NYP] — Christopher Cameron

  • cobblehillite

    My concern is that the approach to this is another “unfunded mandate.” the cost of construction for new buildings and rehabs will skyrocket due to new green rules. Affordable developments will have real problems finding the capital to do this kind of work. As costs to develop increase, more buildings will be high priced “green” condos. More Rent stabilized developments will increase rents due to Capital MCI increases and more units will come out of rent stab. — the unintended consequences of seemingly good policy….

    • no-permits

      you are absolutely right. deblasio doesn’t think about the unintended consequences.

  • no-permits

    deblasio is a bum.

  • ted

    he’s such an idiot. It’s a billion dollars he doesnt have and future tax payers will foot this bill yet again for an untested idea. I hate liberal trolls.

  • nycbuilder

    This is hardly news worthy. While it may have been the case 10-15 years ago, there is now no significant difference in the cost to build green buildings over wasteful, toxic, energy hogging ones. The market has changed, the shift has happened – as has a commitment to “greening” NYC buildings. This is just another step onto what our previous mayor started and tested. Nothing new here.

    • Crian Bashman

      Exactly and when you consider the monthly maintenance and operating expense reduction for landlords, the economic benefits are even greater. Now everyone can put their pitchforks away.

  • cobblehillite

    Good point about cost of green vs. Conventional. I am in the affordable housing management industry and although, in theory, the cost to build green is said to be cheaper and the cost to operate cheaper, there are some issues that don’t make this the case. Green building systems are very complicated and require a maintenance staff that is more educated, higher-skilled and better paid. More complicated systems are more expensive to maintain, parts are more expensive, the need for consultants and engineers are higher. Do you know of any studies comparing the cost of green operation and maint vs. conventional? also, green building operating models are based on optimal conditions. Once you factor in issues like tenant comfort, dealing with an elderly or disable population, green modeling goes terribly wrong

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