City enacts green zoning provisions

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PUBLISHED ON: May 10, 2012

On Monday, the New York City Council passed “Zone Green,” a series of amendments to the New York City Zoning Resolution which are intended to remove zoning impediments to the implementation of measures that will make buildings more environmentally friendly.

These amendments were originally proposed two years ago by the Green Codes Task Force, a group of practitioners brought together by Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn, and are part of a series of “green” initiatives put forth by the Bloomberg administration.

While many elements of the proposal are relatively modest, the collective effect will lead to important environmental improvements, particularly in the consumption of energy for heating and cooling.

Significantly for a city in which most of the land has been built out, the zoning amendment contains measures that will improve the environmental performance of existing buildings.