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File #: Int 1032-2018    Version: * Name: Requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be covered in green roofs, solar panels or small wind turbines.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 7/18/2018
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 buildings be covered in green roofs, solar panels or small wind turbines
Sponsors: Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Stephen T. Levin, Costa G. Constantinides, Donovan J. Richards, Mark Levine, Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Andrew Cohen, Carlina Rivera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Brad S. Lander
Council Member Sponsors: 11
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 covered in plants (known as “green roofs”), solar panels, small wind turbines or a combination of all three. This legislation promotes energy efficient building practices, as green roofs filter pollutants and add agricultural space, solar roofs encourage renewable energy generation and reduce air pollution and small wind turbines generate heat and electric power in an environmentally conscious manner.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1032, 2. Int. No. 1032, 3. July 18, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Committee Report 1/28/19, 5. Hearing Testimony 1/28/19, 6. Hearing Transcript 1/28/19
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
1/28/2019*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/28/2019*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/20/2018*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Re-referred to Committee by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/18/2018*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/18/2018*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1032

 

By Council Members Espinal, Levin, Constantinides, Levine, Ampry-Samuel, Cohen, Rivera, Rosenthal, Rodriguez and Lander

 

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

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

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

Section BC 1512

GREEN ROOFS, SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS/MODULES OR SMALL WIND TURBINES REQUIRED

 

1512.1 Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the term “small wind turbine” shall mean a turbine that is designed to generate no more than 100 kW (105 Btu/h) of electricity.

 

1512.2 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 100 percent of available rooftop space with a green roof system, solar photovoltaic panels/modules or small wind turbines, or with a combination of all three.

 

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.

 

1512.3 Installation. The installation of green roof systems, solar photovoltaic panels/modules and small wind turbines shall comply with the following:

 

1512.3.1 Green roofs. The design and installation of green roof systems shall comply with section 1507.16 of this chapter.

 

1512.3.2 Solar photovoltaic panels/modules. The design and installation of solar photovoltaic panels/modules shall comply with section 1511.1 of this chapter.

 

1512.3.3 Small wind turbines. The design and installation of small wind turbines shall comply with applicable provisions of this code.

 

§ 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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