At the beginning of 2015, the City of New York (City) convened a Buildings Technical Working Group (TWG) that brought together dozens of leaders from a world-class real estate industry, architects, engineers, labor unions, academics, affordable housing experts, and environmental advocates to provide industry expertise needed to develop the right mix of policies and programs for new and existing buildings. This collaboration was, and continues to be, crucial to place the City on the pathway to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 (80 x 50).
The press release and a list of participating TWG members can be found here.
Buildings Technical Working Group Final Report
The TWG was supported by a technical study to evaluate current energy use patterns across building sectors and model the potential impacts of policies and scenarios that were recommended by the TWG. These recommendations and analyses were put together in a final report that builds upon One City: Built to Last.
The report’s main findings include the following:
1. Existing buildings must scale up upgrades to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.
2. New buildings must be designed and constructed for whole building energy performance.
3. All buildings, including small, mid-sized, and historic buildings, must be included in the path to 80 x 50.
4. Tenant energy use and other “unregulated” loads in tenant spaces must be addressed to comprehensively reduce building-based energy use.
5. New York City’s workforce must be ready to deliver high performance buildings.
6. Energy efficiency improvements will require investment on the part of building owners and decision-makers, and the City can help bring down these costs.
7. To achieve the City’s 80 x 50 goal, GHG reduction strategies from buildings must be integrated into a comprehensive 80 x 50 plan.
Download Buildings Technical Working Group Final Report (in PDF)