New York have introduced a bill that will grade the city’s buildings by how efficiently they use their energy.
The Local Law 95 takes effect at the start of next year and means that buildings over 25,000 square feet will now have to publicly report the amount of energy and water usage they use.
It is believed that the new legislation will encourage buildings to improve their energy efficiency standards. The scores will be updated every year, after taking into account any changes made to the structures.
According to bimstore, New York has made reducing its environmental impact a priority over recent months. The pressing issue of climate change has long been a problem for the Big Apple, with the buildings reportedly being accountable for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
With reports earlier in the year that London will have a climate similar to Barcelona by 2050, it could be time that cities across the globe begin to follow New York’s example in taking proactive steps against the threat of climate change.