This article also appeared in Focus (Industry News).
The New York City Council on April 30, 2012 enacted a package of changes to the City’s Zoning Resolution that have the potential to benefit hotel and motel operators in the city.
The changes, under the title “Zone Green”, affect not only new construction, but retrofits of existing buildings, of which 85% are expected to be in existence in 2030. These zoning changes offer the opportunity to introduce energy saving measures to existing buildings and to incorporate them in new buildings. “Zone Green” contains other environmentally friendly measures that may be of interest to hotel and motel operators to improve building operations and as potential marketing tools.