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NY 'Green' Buildings Design

Organization(s) New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description As part of its commitment to the environment, New York State has taken the lead to ensure that new buildings are designed and constructed to save energy and minimize their impact on the environment. New York is the first state in the nation to offer a Green Building Tax Credit incentive program for developers and builders of environ-mentally friendly buildings. Governor George E. Pataki, with the strong support of the real estate, environmental, business and labor communities, signed into law the measure, which is intended to encourage building owners and developers to design, construct and operate buildings to be more in harmony with the environment. In turn, this will open a market for new technologies and provide clean and healthy places to work and live. This innovative program is already becoming a model for other states and communities and clearly demonstrates New York's commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has developed the regulations that will govern New York State's Green Building Tax Credit. An Advisory Committee comprised of private industry and New York State Agency representatives was formed to advise the rule-making process. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and its contractor, Steven Winter Associates, provided technical assistance to DEC in developing the technical components of the regulations, and NYSERDA also provided technical and financial assistance to those interested in building "green." The Green Building Tax Credit regulations were public noticed in the New York State Register on May 22, 2002. The DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit will implement and administer the program.

Setting a good example, DEC's new home at 625 Broadway in Albany was designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. DEC's headquarters has earned a "Silver" LEED rating by incorporating state of the art technology to minimize its impact on the environment, and is the first LEED-rated building in New York State.

More Info www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/grnbldg/index.html
Project Contact
Name Laurie Rizzo
Phone 518-402--9469
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Facility Design
Industrial Sectors Construction/Demolition
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 2, Summer 2002 [PDF]


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