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Int 0357-2010: Use of green technologies in landmarked buildings

Int 0357-2010: Use of green technologies in landmarked buildings

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City HallNew York, NY 10007
The New York City Council
Legislation Details (With Text)
File #: Version:
*Int 0357-2010
Use of green technologies in landmarked buildings.
In control:
Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda:Final action:
Enactment date:Enactment #:Title:
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the use of greentechnologies in landmarked buildings.
The Public Advocate (Mr. de Blasio), Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Annabel Palma, James Sanders,Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Jumaane D. Williams, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Rosie Mendez, James G. VanBramer 
Action ByDateActionResultVer.
Introduced by CouncilCity Council9/29/2010*Referred to Comm by CouncilCity Council9/29/2010*
Int. No. 357ByThePublicAdvocate(Mr.DeBlasio)andCouncilMembersJames,Lander,Palma,SandersJr.,Seabrook,Williams, Rodriguez, Mendez and Van Bramer ALocalLawtoamendtheadministrativecodeofthecityofNewYork,inrelationtotheuseofgreentechnologies in landmarked buildings.
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The Council finds that historic buildings are consideredinherently sustainable because they were traditionally designed with attention to features that responded toclimate and site. These features often lead to substantial energy savings for landmarked buildings as comparedto newer buildings. While green building techniques and density goals are seen as a justification by some for tearing down usable buildings and squandering their energy and inherent greenness, preservation keeps our history and culture alive while also enabling us to learn from the methods and practices of those who came before us.The Council finds that our current laws, however, prevent the City from furthering the often green
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File #:
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nature of these buildings. These laws preclude us from taking advantage of on-site green technology thatwould increase the sustainability of these buildings. With careful planning the benefits of preservation andsustainability are attainable simultaneously. The City can and should balance the importance of preserving our  beautiful historic buildings with the need for clean, on-site energy generation and energy efficiency. The use of alternative energy systems on landmarked structures can benefit building owners by providing the cost savingsinherent in utilizing alternative energy.Moreover, the Landmarks Preservation Commission already recognizes the value of balancing theaesthetic importance of landmarks with the practical needs of today’s world as the Commission’s rules alreadyallow equipment such as air conditioning and heating equipment to be installed in and on landmarks. These proposed changes reflect the goals of making landmarks safer, more comfortable and better reflections of modern sensibilities consistent with, and while preserving, the buildings’ history.Therefore,theCouncilfindsthatupdatingourcodetoenablegreentechnologytobeinstalleduponlandmarkedbuildingswillbenefittheCityasawholeinthewaysidentifiedabove,andcitylandmarksinawaythatbalancestheirspecificneedswiththeneedsoftheCity.Toaccomplishthis,theCouncilfindsthatitisthe bestinterestsoftheCitytoamendtheAdministrativeCodetoallowforgreentechnologytobeinstalledinandupon landmarked buildings and buildings that are eligible for landmark status.§2. Section 25-302 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a newsubdivision p-1 to read as follows: p-1.Mechanicalequipmentshallinclude,butnotbelimitedtoheating,ventingandairconditioningequipment,alternativeordistributedenergyequipment,suchassolarpanels,windturbines,ormicro-turbines,watertanksandtheirsupportingstructures,satellitedishes,stairandelevatorbulkheads,screens,dunnages, baffles,unencloseddecks,gardentrellisesorotherassociatedrailingsandotheraccessoryinstallations,but
shall not include telecommunication equipment and conventional television antennas.
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