Call it the law of unintended consequences. Sometimes zoning laws impede green improvements and green construction. The laws as they stand today inadvertently block beneficial green solutions that didn’t exist when the laws were first implemented. NYC’s planning department is taking a sensible approach to loosen these restrictions for existing and new buildings.
Building on the work of the Green Codes Task Force, the Department of City Planning proposes a Citywide zoning text amendment to remove zoning impediments to the construction and retrofitting of green buildings. This proposal would give owners more choices for the investments they can make to save energy, save money, and improve environmental performance. This proposal will help bring our buildings into the 21st century while protecting the character and quality of life of our neighborhoods.