NYC Green Deal Could Lead to More Window Film in the State

May 22nd, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

One window film expert is speaking out on the Green New Deal proposed for New York City. Its mayor, Bill de Blasio, introduced it in April, and it aims to reduce an additional 30% of carbon emissions by 2030. To ensure this happens de Blasio stated there would be additional legislation added that would ban what he calls “inefficient all-glass buildings that waste energy.” Which means the city’s future buildings might need to rethink what materials will be used.

“I think it appears to be a part of a new term [de-carbonization] that pushes to reduce energy use by energy produced by fossil fuels,” said Darrell Smith, International Window Film Association (IWFA) executive director.

The Big Apple is known for a multitude of things, including its glass buildings. If the proposed legislation passes, the city will no longer allow new construction that does not adhere to guidelines aimed to effectively eliminate inefficient buildings, according to a release from the mayor’s office.

“From my understanding, the goal is to use more clean energy like wind turbines,” said Smith.

Wind turbines might seem like a decent solution, but they aren’t seen in the city. Window film however, could be a logical solution for many of the current buildings that do not meet the new deal’s standards.

“You can see the benefits of having window film installed on a building, especially on a hot summer’s day. In many cases [different] parts of a building have different needs throughout the day based on where the sun is hitting it,” said Smith.

He mentioned a building’s east side might require additional cooling, that film can provide, while at the same time, the building’s west side might require heating. Smith thinks installing window film can help serve as an insulator and cooling aid in multiple zones.

“Whenever you have a peak in demand, like in the summer, window film can help,” Smith added.
The Green New Deal policies are defined in “OneNYC 2050: Building a Strong and Fair City.” Meanwhile, de Blasio expects the bill to be passed sometime this year and for it to be implemented quickly.

“With this renewed OneNYC 2050 strategic plan, we are pushing ourselves to go further and faster to fight global warming on every front, from our buildings to our streets. New laws will reduce emissions from heating homes and offices,” said de Blasio.

But Smith found some of its exemptions to be concerning. These include:

  • Any utility company’s building;
  • Rent regulated facilities;
  • Any property owned by a church;
  • Any company publically funded by the city;
  • Any building three stories or less where each tenant pays their own utilities; and
  • City buildings.

“So as you can see there are a lot of buildings that won’t be covered or included if this were to pass,” said Smith.

One notable item not seen on the list of exemptions were the city’s historical buildings, which are known to have difficulty meeting energy upgrades and standards due to the time and regulations in place when they were built. Smith notes there could be a blanket exemption for historical buildings that is not included in the policy exemption.

WINDOW FILM MAGAZINE will continue to follow this legislation as it progresses for any additional updates.

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