Big Apple buildings making the energy grade?
New York’s residential and commercial landlords may soon have to publicly share their environmental scores – much like the inspection report cards required for restaurants – if a new bill becomes law.
The measure, passed last month by the city’s council, would require any New York City commercial or residential building larger than 25,000 square feet in size to post its energy efficiency grade — ranging from A to F — near public entrances.
Private building owners whose properties fall under the legislation’s requirements would need to enter performance metrics measuring energy usage into a public database, Architect’s Newspaper reports. The database will then give them a score, or “energy grade,” that they will be required to post.
Council member Dan Garodnick, who authored the bill, consider the measure part of the city’s effort to meet international standards of sustainability.
“As the federal government shirks its stewardship of our environment, it is up to cities to step in,” Garodnick told the Architect’s Newspaper.
New York City currently collects energy usage information about public buildings and private buildings larger than 50,000 square feet; the bill would affect about 20,000 structures should Mayor Bill de Blasio sign it into law, though building owners won’t have to display grades until 2020.
The director of New York’s Clean Energy Environmental Defense Fund sees the effort as environmental progress.
“Requiring large buildings to post their energy efficiency grades is a natural next step in the evolution of the city’s energy policies,” director Rory Christian said in a statement.