On the eve of the World Green Day, the city of New York has brought a package of laws defining future construction in the city and aiming at drastically improving the energy efficiency of Big Apple. In the center of this “green agreement” are certainly green roofs, which in the future could completely change both the appearance and the quality of life of this metropolis. By the new city law on green construction, by 2030, air pollution should be eliminated equivalent to the activity of a million cars.
What does this mean for the future?
Following the rates of Toronto, Denver, San Francisco, and Portland, and New York has set a condition for the construction of all new residential and commercial properties. In the future, every built object will have to have plants, solar panels or mini-turbines on the roof on its roof. Investors can decide whether they will individually apply one of the systems or will implement the project through a combination of all three.
The green roof of a larger area can reduce the daily needs of the air conditioning building by as much as 75 percent. Green roofs cool cities, absorb air pollution, provide sound insulation, promote biodiversity and reduce the cost of energy production, making our cities more acceptable to all. Changing the structure of the roof may seem like a small step, but in fact, the global impact is impressive. The National Research Council of Canada has found that the green roof of a larger area can reduce the daily needs of the air conditioning building by as much as 75%.
Ban on glass facades?
Energy-efficient buildings are at the very heart of the Air Conditioning Act, which recognizes New York City’s buildings as the main culprit for carbon emissions in the city. A law called Dirty Building Bill aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. New laws in the development phase also consider the banning of glass facades, unless the building meets certain energy-efficient building codes.