The Big, Green Apple: NYC's New Zoning Amendment

Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT) -- On April 30th, 2012, the New York City Council unanimously approved a city-wide text amendment (the Zone Green amendment)[1] to the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York. The Zone Green amendment eliminates zoning obstacles to retrofitting existing buildings for energy efficiency and zoning obstacles to “greener” new construction.

Prior to the Zone Green amendment, the Zoning Resolution frequently made energy-efficient construction difficult and, in some cases, prohibited the installation of certain equipment, even though such equipment could either reduce energy consumption or generate clean...
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