Local Law 97
NYC's Climate Mobilization Act
Local Law 97 is a key piece of legislation that was passed as part of NYC’s Climate Mobilization Act. LL97 establishes and enforces stringent carbon emission limits for existing buildings, which account for roughly 70% of the total GHG emissions in NYC.
To reach the city-wide goal of reducing total carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, buildings will need to meet specific emissions targets defined by their use type. Owners that do not meet their targets will incur potentially substantial fines beginning in 2025.
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Passive House Institute
US Passive House Institute
NY Passive House (NYPH)
Acme Passive analyzes projects at all stages of life and provides detailed, best practice strategies along the primary tenets of the Passive House construction standard:
superinsulation and thermal-bridge-free construction
air- and wind-tight exterior envelope
ventilation and heat/energy recovery
high performance windows and doors
solar optimization and shading strategies
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