The New York City Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of 975,000 buildings by enforcing the NYC Construction Codes, Zoning Resolution and other rules and regulations. The Department serves New Yorkers by examining and approving construction plans, issuing construction permits, performing inspections, and licensing and registering tradespeople, among other responsibilities. The Department is committed to construction safety by increasing the safety standards of the construction industry and developing new ways to improve construction practices.
New York City's 2008 Construction Codes require that most new construction includes rooftops that are 75 percent reflective or rated "highly reflective" by ENERGY STAR®. NYC °Cool Roofs focuses on addressing rooftops on existing buildings that were constructed before codes mandated reflective rooftops.