Greener, Greater Building Plan (GGBP)
The Greener, Greater Building Plan (GGBP) is a plan implemented by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) in 2014, to improve new construction and renovations. To proactively address energy waste in its existing structures, a problem that had been a difficult task because of the enormous amount of buildings inside of NYC. After some digging, the city’s square footage is highly concentrated, (in less than two percent of its properties) two percent translates into 15,000 properties over 50,000 square feet, which account for almost half of NYC’s total energy consumption.
After these findings, NYC executed the GGBP, whose objective is energy efficiency in these large existing buildings. Local Laws were put in place as an energy conservation effort that has been industry-transforming, and internationally recognized. GGBP is designed to ensure that information about energy is provided to decision-makers and that the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures are sought after and maintained.
The GGBP was the most comprehensive set of energy efficiency laws in the U.S., (prior to the NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act) targeting New York City’s largest existing buildings which constitute half its built square footage and 45 percent of citywide energy use.
For these buildings, the policies require an annual benchmarking of energy and water use with public disclosure(Local Law 84 of 2009); an audit and retro-commissioning every ten years(Local Law 87 of 2009); for non-residential spaces, upgrades for lighting to meet the energy code (Local Law 85 of 2009); and the installation of electrical meters or sub-meters for large tenant spaces (Local Law 88 of 2009).
Goal: Reduce GHG Carbon Emissions 30% by 2030.
- Encourage the reduction of water use
- Inspire the use of renewable resources
- Reduce the use of oil and gas
- Create thousands of construction-related jobs
- Building owners benefit from energy savings (Those that comply in advance will reap benefits earlier)
- Enhance Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
- Improve public health by reducing air pollution
- Boost energy technology
- Enhance indoor temperature
- Regulate lighting
- Improve indoor environment
- Lower demand for electricity = Citywide electrical systems are more reliable