Zero Emissions New Construction
On May 3rd, 2023, Governor Hochul signed into law the All-Electric Buildings Act as part of the 2023-24 New York State Budget, requiring all newly constructed buildings in New York State to be built with all-electric systems and appliances. In New York State, buildings account for 32% of state greenhouse gas emissions. New York is the first state in the nation to advance comprehensive legislation for constructing modern zero-emission new homes and buildings. The final enacted state budget reflects a comprehensive strategy for constructing modern zero-emission new homes and buildings that will protect our families and our residents, while putting New York on trajectory to a cleaner, healthier future.
* “Fossil-fuel equipment and building systems” shall mean 1) equipment, which means plumbing, heating, electrical, lighting, insulating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigerating equipment, elevators, escalators, and other mechanical additions or installations but does not include any items constituting an industrial or commercial process as such term is defined in section 11-102 of the energy law, that uses fossil fuel for combustion, or 2) systems, other than items supporting an industrial or commercial process as referred to in the definition of equipment in section 11-102 of the Energy Law, associated with a building that will be used for or to support the supply, distribution, or delivery of fossil-fuel for any purpose, other than for use by motor vehicles.
** Small buildings = Not more than 7-stories, except for commercial and industrial buildings greater than 100,000 square feet in conditioned floor area