New York advances low-carbon building law

New York regulators took the first steps Thursday toward enacting a measure to expand the construction of buildings with a much lower carbon footprint.

The efforts of the State Civil Service Commission are part of the adoption of a broader series of provisions aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels by the State in the coming decades and to switch to cleaner and more renewable forms of energy.

“Ahead of Climate Week, New York is taking a bold step to further support the use of clean energy technologies,” Governor Hochul said. “Buildings are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State – accounting for 32% of overall emissions – and the Utility Thermal Energy Network and Jobs Act will help to significantly reduce climate change emissions. climate change and create greener, healthier places to live and work in the Empire State.”

The law aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging infrastructure projects that connect several buildings through the same thermal energy network. This network is intended to provide an alternative source of energy to the combustion of natural gas for heating and cooling needs.

New York City utility providers have been instructed by regulators to submit up to five proposals for consideration for the thermal network pilot program. At least one project must be located in an underprivileged community within each service territory.

The commission also creates a committee to help utilities develop pilot project proposals for submission and review.

“The commission has long supported cost-effective energy efficiency aimed at reducing on-site energy consumption and, more recently, building electrification,” said chairman Rory Christian. “At the end of this process, customers will have more choices for their heating needs and utilities will have exciting new opportunities aligned with New York’s ambitious climate and energy goals.”

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