The Long Island City Partnership April breakfast meeting was a forum on reduction of energy use in New York buildings. It featured a panel of speakers, overseen by Ann Kayman and George Crawford, principals of New York Grant Co. Green Partners. Since the energy-use directives initiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration have gone into effect, or been projected, there has been a need to review constantly what has been done and what must be done, on the road to the target date of 2030.
Crawford opened the meeting by asking what it would be like if each building owner in New York was given $100,000 to upgrade his property, a rhetorical question greeted with murmurs of skepticism. Crawford was referring to Local Law 85 of 2010, which mandates that all renovation projects comply with current energy codes, eliminating the exemption that had come into play when only half the property