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De Blasio’s Green New Deal will ban ‘classic glass and steel skyscrapers’

De Blasio’s Green New Deal will ban ‘classic glass and steel skyscrapers’

Postby smix » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:30 pm

De Blasio’s Green New Deal will ban ‘classic glass and steel skyscrapers’
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2019/04/22/de-blasio ... yscrapers/
Category: Politics
Published: April 22, 2019

Description: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s so-called Green New Deal will ban “classic glass and steel skyscrapers,” he said Monday. “We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient,” Hizzoner said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If someone wants to build one of those things, they can take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient, but we’re not going to allow what we’ve seen in the past.” De Blasio’s new scheme to slash carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 includes a ban on new buildings with all-glass facades “unless they meet strict performance guidelines,” City Hall said in a release Monday.



De Blasio: Glass skyscrapers ‘have no place on our Earth’
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2019/04/22/de-blasio ... our-earth/
Category: Politics
Published: April 22, 2019

Description: Yabba-dabba-don’t. Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing to take New York City back to the stone age — by making “glass and steel” skyscrapers extinct.

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Still flirting with a run for president, the mayor held an Earth Day press conference on Monday to announce his plan to fight climate change with a “Green New Deal” — including a bill designed to eliminate new glass-fronted towers from the city skyline. “We are going to introduce legislation to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” de Blasio said. “They have no place in our city or our Earth anymore.” Despite Hizzoner’s insistence on repeatedly using the word “ban,” he later admitted his legislation would actually just tighten the city’s energy code to make it prohibitively expensive to develop glassy high-rises. “It’s literally going to be a much higher standard and the only way that kind of design would even be acceptable is with a whole host of other changes were made to compensate because those buildings were inherently very inefficient,” he said. Mark Chambers, director of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, was forced to clarify that “it doesn’t mean buildings can’t use glass anymore.” He pointed to the recently erected American Copper Building in Murray Hill — a K-shaped structure clad in copper and glass — as an example of a structure that would still be ­acceptable. De Blasio cited unspecified buildings in the Hudson Yards development as “examples of the wrong way to do things.” Hudson Yards developer Related later hit back by pointing out that it has just opened a glass office building that is certified LEED platinum — the US Green Building Council’s highest designation — and is “one of New York’s most energy-efficient Class A office towers.” The mayor’s Green New Deal — a title borrowed from freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s vague and pricey plan to cut carbon emissions — will hold builders to such sky-high standards that even developers who’ve focused on staying eco-friendly will be punished. Last week, the City Council passed a bill to slap strict greenhouse emissions caps on private buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet by forcing them to retrofit pipes, heating systems, lights and other utilities by 2024 or face big fines. The Bank of America Tower on 42nd Street, for example, is certified LEED platinum, but developer the Durst Organization calculated that it would still face $2.5 million in fines under the new bill when 2024 rolls around. “The fine will escalate annually from there,” chief development officer Alexander Durst told Crain’s. Critics say the new measures are unrealistic — there likely aren’t even enough contractors to get all 50,000 affected buildings up to code in time, and the pie-in-the-sky targets will just turn businesses away from the Big Apple. Meanwhile, smaller buildings, hospitals, NYCHA housing complexes, and “affordable” housing won’t be subject to the same rules. “The caps that they are expected to meet are unrealistic,” said Carl Hum, general counsel for the Real Estate Board of New York, said of office towers. “The law doesn’t taken into account what the building does. Tech and media are energy intensive. You’re going to have an owner who will think twice on who they rent out to avoid fines.” Hum said the glass and steel “ban” announcement had blindsided the ­industry. One expert said she expected “pushback” because glassy buildings are all the rage among designers and a hit with customers. “I think architects are in love with the uniform skin,” said Hillary Brown, a professor at the City College of New York’s School of Architecture. “It’s just been a trend for so long and I think we need to use architectural imagination in considering other building enclosure treatments.” De Blasio said he doesn’t care what one of the most important industries in the city thinks. “We certainly felt the opposition at the real estate lobby in these last months, but to the credit of everyone here, we said we don’t care how much opposition there is,” he said. The mayor’s goal is to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Among other elements of Hizzoner’s eco-friendly scheme, the mayor plans to make his struggling composting program mandatory — even though he put it on hold last year because residents weren’t ­participating. De Blasio said he plans to pass bills for the glass and steel building “ban” and forced composting program this year — while admitting he doesn’t have a timeline for the rollout of the latter because it will take “a lot of public education.”



De Blasio’s ‘green’ skyscraper idea is pure stupidity
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2019/04/22/de-blasio ... stupidity/
Category: Politics
Published: April 22, 2019

Description: There’s a concrete reason for Mayor de Blasio’s notion to ban New York city’s “classic glass and steel skyscrapers” — he’s got rocks in his head. Has any officeholder ever turned so viciously on his own town? De Blasio’s poisonous City Hall reign is distinguished by corruption, laziness and incompetence — but not by rank stupidity. Until today. He wants New York to be “first of any major city on the Earth” to make building owners “clean up your act . . . to save energy.” De Blasio knows nothing about New York City because he has no love for it. Unlike his every predecessor, he doesn’t go to museums, concerts or restaurants. His gas-guzzling van ride between Gracie Mansion and his Brooklyn gym is the extent of his immersion in Big Apple life. Get “woke,” Bill! The five boroughs already suffer from the most expensive construction costs in the world. Office buildings cost $575 per square foot compared to $468 in London and half of that most everywhere else, according to the New York Building Congress. So, haha! Let’s pile on another $100 or more per square foot to make them completely unaffordable to build, just to reduce carbon emissions that already don’t add up to beans! Today’s new skyscrapers are the most energy-efficient in history — so much that developers such as Larry Silverstein, Douglas Durst and the Related Companies proudly, and justifiably, tout their energy-conserving features to appeal to tenants. The crazy thing is that nobody’s done more to promote construction of “classic glass and steel” towers than de Blasio. He pushed his own agencies to rezone East Midtown to allow super-tall One Vanderbilt to rise next to Grand Central Terminal — and to pave the way for more. So what made him switch overnight to making it prohibitively expensive to put up large new buildings of the kind the city needs to compete on the world stage? Clearly he inhaled too much “green” air from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who proposed making air travel obsolete. De Blasio’s criticized for spending too much time in places like Iowa, where cornfields do without glass or steel. But he’d do us all a favor to stay there and not come back.
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