New York City’s Green New Deal would ban all-glass skyscrapers

The ambitious plan would also boost affordable housing, reduce building emissions, and update codes to account for sea level rise.

April 25, 2019 |
New York City’s Green New Deal would ban all-glass skyscrapers

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New York City’s $14 billion Green New Deal, recently unveiled by Mayor Bill de Blasio, includes a ban on inefficient “classic glass and steel skyscrapers.”

The controversial measure is part of a plan to reduce greenhouse emissions 30% by 2030. Also included is a mandate to building owners to retrofit their structures to make them more energy efficient.

Non-compliance with the mayor’s 2030 goals could result in fines of $1 million or more.

De Blasio said New York is the first major metro in the world to force owners to pursue energy efficiencies for existing buildings. The plan also calls for:
 
• Investing in construction of community parks and development of open spaces
• Creating or preserving 300,000 affordable housing units by 2026
• Advancing resilient construction projects
• Installing one million sf of heat-resistant rooftop coatings
• Updating building codes to counteract effects of sea level rise
• Mandatory organics recycling

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