Newsletter: Local Law 196 In Effect!
Local Law 196 is in effect!
City Council to Require New Buildings to Use ‘Bird-Friendly’ Glass
New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city’s buildings every year. The legislation proposed by Democratic City Council member Rafael Espinal would require that at least 90% of the exterior of the first 75 feet of all new buildings or major renovations be constructed with materials that are visible to birds, such as glass with a glazing or pattern.
Green and Solar Roof Requirements for New Buildings and Complete Roof Replacements
Effective November 15, 2019, Local Law 92 of 2019 and Local Law 94 of 2019 require all new buildings – and alterations of existing buildings where the entire existing roof deck or roof assembly is being replaced – to have a sustainable roofing zone covering 100 percent of the roof. The sustainable roofing zone must include a solar photovoltaic system generating at least 4kW, a green roof system, or a combination of the two. Vertical extensions or horizontal enlargements must also comply with these requirements.