Of the architectural plans for new and renovated office and residential buildings submitted to the city’s Department of Buildings, one out of every 10 meets the energy code, according to an audit that began earlier this year.
Though the sustainability standards in question have been in place for more than 30 years, they are only now being stringently enforced, according to Crain’s. In some cases, the DOB is even stopping projects that fall outside the requirements. So far, the team has audited more than 1,200 applications, and plans to eventually quadruple that number. [more]