The NYC Green Codes Task Force, convened by Mayor Bloomberg in response to PlaNYC, has set forth 111 proposals to “green” the NYC Building Code and other regulations related to zoning, health and environmental protection. The proposals are broken down by category, including: Overarching Code Issues; Health & Toxicity; Energy & Carbon Emissions – Fundamentals; Energy & Carbon Emissions – Energy Efficiency; Energy & Carbon Emissions – Operations & Maintenance; and Water Efficiency.

GreenEsq. is featuring an ongoing series of posts in an effort to track the progress of the NYC Green Codes Task Force’s proposals and any resulting local laws that are relevant to building owners and tenants in New York City. Please click here to view the introductory post to this series, which features links to all our posts covered in the series.

Recently two of three proposals released by the NYC Green Codes Task Force dealing with overarching code issues became Local Laws.

Local Law 49 of 2010, which covers the proposal entitled, “Add Environmental Protection as Fundamental Principle of the Construction Codes,” became effective on October 6, 2010. It amends Section 28-101.2 of the NYC Administrative Code, Section 101.3 of the NYC plumbing code and the NYC Mechanical Code, and Section 101.4 of the NYC Fuel Gas Code. The law requires the inclusion of environmental concerns as a guiding principle and interest in the New York City Construction Codes.

Local Law 5 of 2010, which covers the proposal entitled, “Streamline Approvals for Green Technologies and Projects,” was enacted on March 18, 2010. It amends Section 20 of the NYC Charter and Section 28-103.1 of the NYC Administrative Code. The underlying policy of this law is to make the regulatory system more efficient to facilitate the timely adoption and implementation of new sustainable technologies. This law creates an Interagency Green Team led by the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to facilitate approval and implementation of sustainable building projects. It also creates an Innovation Review Board within the Department of Buildings that will review new green technologies and make recommendations regarding their use.

The third overarching code issues proposal is entitled, “Enhance Code Training for Architects & Engineers.” Its underlying policy is to provide training to professionals so that they are aware of and can comply with the current versions of the NYC Construction Codes. This proposal suggests that New York City should develop a strategy to create a training program (including a standardized curriculum and delivery mechanisms) on the City’s Construction Codes for architects, engineers, lighting designers, and design professionals.