Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.
Now that the results of this latest survey have come out, the city is moving to change things around. Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOB Chief Sustainability Officer Gina Bocra have already audited more than 1,200 applications, and the pair also plans to quadruple this figure every year. Meanwhile, another team has conducted 160 random inspections and found 20% of the buildings they surveyed were not even being constructed in accordance with city-approved plans.
A few years back, former mayor Michael Bloomberg began enforcing energy standards in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. As part of the initiative, the former mayor also required all new building and alteration applications filed on or after December 28, 2010 to comply with the 2011 NYCECC regulations.