The Real Deal New York

City report reveals real estate’s greenhouse effect

August 03, 2012 10:00AM

A report set to be released today could be the nail in the coffin for developers’ battle against laws requiring energy efficient upgrades for older buildings.

The New York Times reported that a comprehensive study of New York City buildings by the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability found that if the least green buildings attained merely the median level of efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 24 percent in the city. The bottom 10 percent of the more than 15,400 buildings surveyed used three- to five-times as much energy as some of their counterparts, the report found.


At the moment, the office only released scores for residential buildings. It found that, by ZIP code, Williamsburg and Staten Island’s Richmond Town were the best-performing neighborhoods, while Roosevelt Island, Kew Gardens Hills in Queens and Clason Point in the Bronx were the least efficient.

City officials are going to analyze an apparent correlation between low-efficiency building neighborhoods and high asthma rates, according to the Times.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been on a mission to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, two-thirds of which comes from buildings, and has enacted laws to limit emissions in some of the city’s largest buildings. [NYT]