The coronavirus pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of co-op and condo life in New York City. Now it’s threatening to derail the city’s ambitious plan to slash the carbon emissions of big buildings.
As office landlords install hospital-grade air filters to lure tenants back, some worry they are putting the city’s emissions targets out of reach. The building emission reductions required under Local Law 97 — the centerpiece of a May 2019 legislative package known as the Climate Mobilization Act — could conflict with owners’ efforts to keep their buildings virus-free.
As summer heat waves converge with a surging pandemic and an impending economic collapse, energy-efficient homes are becoming particularly critical to Americans’ well-being. New York’s state government, for its part, is eyeing a long-term solution to this conundrum.