Building energy policy in NYC: the existing building challenge

27 Jul 2017

This is a presentation for U.S. Department of Energy 2017 National energy codes conference July 18—20, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA. USA. 
The slides presented a case study about the impact of carbon policy changes in NYC on the existing buildings and energy code in NYC. 
As a result, several other existing building codes and policies in NYC has to be amended accordingly:  
1. Amended public building energy policy in NYC to fulfil LEED V4 GOLD standards.
2. Amended renewable energy policy in NYC to Introduction of building technology that promotes renewable energy, alike to solar photovoltaics. 
3. Introduction of a new program; NYC Retrofit accelerator, which aims at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
4. Amended Local Law 13 of 2014, administrative code of NYC to improve the base building systems of certain buildings to be operated by individuals with a certificate in building energy efficiency from an approved program. 
5. Amended Local Law 84 of 2009 to reduce 8% overall energy use through changing the benchmark of energy and water consumption for buildings greater than 50,000 sqft.
6. Amended Local Law 133 of 2016
7. Amended Local Law 87 of 2009 to audit energy and retro-commissioning for buildings greater than 50,000 sqft. 
8. Amended Local Law 88 of 2009, Local Law 1165 of 2016 
9. Amended Local Law 85 of 2009 to establish NYC's own energy code 
10. Introduction of pilot filters.
It was found that 75% of projects had technical objections in the first review, and 36% of projects received a 'Notice of Deficiency' due to noncompliance issues in inspections. In order to create a more transparent inspection through the introduction of filters, inspection on highest-risk jobs, and audit the third-party inspectors as well. Apart from that Introduction 1629 of 2017 (EUI targets for builds 25,000 sq.ft. And greater), a local law to amend the New York city administrative code, on adoption of a more stringent energy efficiency requirements for buildings and energy use intensity requirements for new and substantially reconstructed buildings.