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File #: Int 1230-2016    Version: Name: Requiring that the roofs of new commercial buildings be partially covered in plants or solar panels.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 7/14/2016
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain new buildings be partially covered in green roofs or solar panels
Sponsors: Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Donovan J. Richards, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Stephen T. Levin
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Summary: This bill would require that the rooftops of buildings or structures in occupancy groups B, I-4, M, or S-2, as defined in section BC 302 of the New York city building code, be partially covered in plants, known as “green roofs,” solar panels or a combination of both. This legislation promotes energy efficient building practices, as green roofs filter pollutants and add agricultural space, and solar roofs encourage renewable energy generation and reduce air pollution.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required, Oversight
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1230-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1230, 3. Int. No. 1230, 4. Proposed Int. No. 1230-A - 12/13/17
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/14/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/14/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Proposed Int. No. 1230-A

 

By Council Members Espinal, Richards, Salamanca and Levin

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain new buildings be partially covered in green roofs or solar panels

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 15 of chapter 7 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section BC 1512 to read as follows: 

Section BC 1512

GREEN ROOFS OR SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS/MODULES REQUIRED

 

1512.1 General. Buildings or structures classified in accordance with section BC 302 of the New York city building code in occupancy groups B, I-4, M or S-2 shall cover at least 50 percent of available rooftop space with a green roof system or solar photovoltaic panels/modules, or with a combination of both.

 

Exception: Available rooftop space does not include:

 

1.                     Any space required by the New York City Fire Code; and

 

2.                     Any space occupied by mechanical equipment.

 

1512.2 Installation. The installation of green roof systems and solar photovoltaic panels/modules shall comply with the following:

 

1512.2.1 Green roofs. The design and installation of green roof systems shall comply with section 1507.16 of this chapter.

 

1512.2.2 Solar photovoltaic panels/modules. The design and installation of solar photovoltaic panels/modules shall comply with section 1511.1 of this chapter.

 

§ 2. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of buildings shall take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.

 

EAA/GP/JJ

LS #4616, LS #10899

12/13/2017 4:51PM