New York City is one of the country’s last municipal users of Number 6 oil, whose harmful chemical composition has sparked new regulations requiring buildings to use more environment-friendly heating fuel.
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They’re about as beautiful a manifestation of green building as exists, and benefit from a generous tax credit. So why aren’t green roofs catching on in New York City?
Submetering and smart meters are very good ideas, and ones whose potential takes the implicit promise of much that we write about here at gbNYC and make it explicit. That is, the idea of arming people with valuable information and incentives for smarter behavior could condition positive change in both our built environment and how we live in it. In time, submetered energy will probably replace old-style flat-rate pricing just as thoroughly and just as deservingly as broadband internet is replacing dial-up. The problem is that no one has successfully explained this stuff to consumers, and that it’s work — making changes in one’s behavior, reading a complicated energy bill, actually turning on one’s brain and responding to market incentives — and that humans by their nature kind of abhor that sort of thing.
The City Council’s infrastructure task force is exploring how solar power could be deployed more extensively across Gotham’s public and private building stock.
Yesterday’s rush hour chaos in Midtown was an explosive reminder that twenty-first century sustainable building practices are meaningless in the absence of reliable infrastructure able to support a dense urban environment. While Con Edison is spending $20 million this year to maintain New York City’s steam pipes, much of Gotham’s infrastructure- from utilities to mass […]