‘Green Roofs’ Are Now Mandatory in New York City

Posted on: April 22nd, 2019 at 5:03 am by

It’s not easy bein’ green, but if you’re a developer, that may become the norm going forward.

Capitalizing on the halo of Earth Day, City Council last Thursday passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a sweeping suite of measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gases released from buildings around the city. The carbon emissions package includes three pieces of legislation from Councilmembers Rafael Espinal, Donovan Richards, and Stephen Levin which requires 100% of new residential and commercial roofs to either go green or utilize solar technology. It’s hoped that this will (eventually) cool the city down and reduce its carbon footprint.

New York is now the largest city in the States to require green roofs.

“With this legislation, New York City is taking concrete steps to green our city’s skyline,” Espinal said. “There is about 1 billion square feet of rooftop space overall in our city, most of them currently absorbing heat, which means New York has a unique opportunity to make significant investments in this technology and make our city more livable for future generations…”

Cited benefits for the city and building owners include cutting energy costs, reducing water runoff, providing more greenspace, and jobs for communities.

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