to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
The City of Ithaca’s effort to institute a building energy policy as the development boom continues took another step on April 11, as the Green Building Policy report was unanimously approved to move onto Common Council.
The policy report has been in the works for months. It would require buildings to meet certain energy-friendly thresholds, via either a points system or a trusted third party grading system like LEED Certification. The "points" would be accumulated by hitting certain criteria: for instance, one point for using heat pumps, one point for employing a simple building structure, etc. The rules tighten in 2025 and 2030, when all new construction would have to be net-zero energy in order to gain city approval.
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