In 2012, New York City adopted a package of amendments to the NYC Zoning Resolution, collectively called Zone Green, to facilitate more sustainable and energy-efficient design. Zone Green addressed barriers to building thicker, better-insulated walls. It also covered the inclusion of sustainable design strategies, such as solar panels, solar shading systems, green roofs, and greenhouses.
Fast forward six years: although Zone Green successfully solved the problems anticipated at the time, new technologies and new barriers have since emerged. Last fall, the Urban Green Council convened a Task Force of over 40 stakeholders to develop a roadmap for Zone Greener, a set of potential upgrades to the Zoning Resolution that would unlock further opportunities for the next generation of green building. These recommendation are detailed in a new Urban Green report, Zone Greener.
Part 2 of this event series will focus on modifications to the Zoning Resolution that would continue to advance solar energy in New York City. This event will discuss progress made in the uptake of solar installations since 2012, as well as recommendations and solutions for newly identified issues involving rooftop solar, ground-mounted solar, and solar batteries.
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Green Council
Derric Meister, LEED AP, New York Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY
James Hannah, Vice President of Client Energy Services, Bright Power
AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Urban Green Council