This legislation requires all new and substantially renovated state buildings with flat roofs to comply with “cool roof” standards. A cool roof reflects sunlight and emits the sun’s heat away from a building. A hot roof, on the other hand, increases the heat in a building, which increases the need for air conditioning. Air conditioning is energy intensive, and reducing the need for air conditioning will cut the state’s energy consumption. Reducing energy demand will also reduce the state’s reliance on burning fossil fuels for energy, which will decrease toxins in the air that can make people sick.
The New York State Power Authority (NYPA) has estimated that improving energy efficiency would reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 8.1 million metric tons — that’s equivalent to removing 1.6 million cars from the road for an entire year. Improving energy efficiency in state buildings could save the state over $100 million per year. Requiring new and renovated state buildings to have cool roofs will help New York State reach its goal of increasing energy efficiency statewide 23% by 2030, and increasing energy efficiency in state buildings 20% by 2020.
Requiring state buildings to use cool roofs would improve energy efficiency, cut energy consumption, and reduce air pollution.
This bill amends the Public Buildings Law and the State Green Building Construction Act to require all new and substantially renovated state buildings with flat roofs to comply with cool roof standards.