New York Getting Serious About Green Building

The State of New York is getting serious about green building, and that should be piquing the interest of businesses that provide products and services to the green building sector.  A recent expansion of the New York “green building” law, coupled with increasing government attention toward renewable energy, is creating emerging opportunities for green building suppliers.

Last year, a New York state law was enacted that requires new state buildings and significant renovations to meet green building standards. This law was recently amended to make the state Office of General Services (OGS) the primary state agency responsible for implementing the act and give agencies more time to comply.  See the full details in the State’s press release.

This shift in oversight is important for suppliers to note because OGS provides a broad range of support services that facilitate the operations of State government and that assist local governments, public authorities, public and private agencies with procuring products and services related to property management, building construction and technology.

New York’s priority to meet green building and renewable energy standards are part of a growing national trend to convert all state, county and municipal buildings to green building principles.  In 2006, the US EPA required all newly constructed major building projects to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status. Since then, several states have enacted laws to further drive green building policies for their state and agency buildings.

In  New York, this trend can be seen in action. In February of this year, OGS was successful in obtaining LEED-EB (existing building) gold status for the Governor’s Mansion. Plans are also underway to support environmentally sustainable projects on behalf of several state agencies.

All indicators point to a changing landscape for “green building” and New York is ready to get serious and make the shift that will improve the environment – a shift that will also create opportunities for growth for an emerging market and its suppliers.

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Written by Neel Mehta

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