senate Bill S6332

Signed by Governor

Relates to permitted obstructions in a city with a population of one million or more

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 27 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.271
  • 06 / Mar / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 07 / Mar / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Mar / 2012
    • REFERRED TO HOUSING
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9163
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.651
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / May / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 21 / Sep / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 03 / Oct / 2012
    • SIGNED CHAP.483

Summary

Relates to permitted obstructions in a city with a population of one million or more. Provides that such obstructions shall not include exterior wall thickness of up to 8 inches on the exterior of a building to accommodate the addition of insulation.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9163
Versions:
S6332
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Multiple Dwelling Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง26, Mult Dwell L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6332

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the multiple dwelling law, in relation to permitted
obstructions in a city with a population of one million or more

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill adds a new paragraph m to Subdivision
9 ("permitted obstructions") of section 26 of the Multiple Dwelling
Law that would authorize the addition of exterior insulation to
buildings constructed prior to 1961, by exempting up to eight inches
of exterior wall thickness from the MDL's dimensional requirements
for yards, rear yard equivalents, courts or open space. The
dimensional requirements, as set forth in Sections 26, 172, or 212,
could be reduced only by the amounts permitted by local zoning
regulations, but not to exceed eight inches.

REASONS FOR SUPPORT:
Buildings account for 80% of New York City's
carbon emissions. In February 2010, the Green Codes Task Force, a
group of leading practitioners, released a set of recommendations to
amend New York City regulations to promote green buildings. Key among
them is a proposal to allow existing buildings to retrofit by adding
external insulation. Well-insulated exterior walls reduce heating and
cooling demands, but are often prohibited or penalized under current
City zoning regulations. External insulation can be substantially
more efficient than adding insulation inside the building wall, and
makes a building retrofit possible without vacating existing tenants.
This legislation would allow existing buildings to exempt up to eight
inches of external insulation from floor area calculations, yard and
open space regulations. In cases where a required open area has a
dimension of less than eight feet, an exemption of up to one inch for
each foot of existing open area would be allowed to accommodate
insulation in balance with the need to preserve light and air.

The Multiple Dwelling Law currently does not consider exterior
insulation, the application of which would reduce open space required
by Sections 26, 172 and 212, to be permitted obstructions. This bill
amends that statute and removes obstacles to energy efficiency,
provides the means for older buildings to improve their energy
efficiencies where such is feasible and creates a significant
savings while contributing to reduced carbon emissions. Further, it
complements the efforts of the City's proposed zoning changes and
enables building owners to upgrade and modernize their building
envelopes by giving them more choices for the
investments they can make to save energy, save money, and improve
environmental performance of new and existing buildings. Affected
buildings represent a significant portion of the City's building
stock, and enabling them to modernize represents a significant
opportunity for the city to encourage energy efficiency and is an

essential contribution to achieving the City's and State's carbon
reduction goals.

Accordingly, the Mayor urges the earliest possible favorable
consideration of this proposal by the Legislature.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6332

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 27, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction  and
  Community Development

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  multiple dwelling law, in relation to permitted
  obstructions in a city with a population of one million or more

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 26 of the multiple dwelling law is
amended by adding a new paragraph m to read as follows:
  M.  IN  A  CITY  WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, THE AREA OF
YARDS, REAR YARD EQUIVALENTS, COURTS OR OPEN  SPACES  REQUIRED  BY  THIS
SECTION,  SECTION  ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO OR SECTION TWO HUNDRED TWELVE
OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL NOT BE DEEMED TO BE REDUCED OR OBSTRUCTED BY EXTE-
RIOR WALL THICKNESS OF UP TO EIGHT INCHES ADDED TO  THE  EXTERIOR  OF  A
BUILDING  TO  ACCOMMODATE  THE ADDITION OF INSULATION TO THE EXTENT THAT
SUCH EXTERIOR WALL THICKNESS IS A PERMITTED OBSTRUCTION FOR SUCH  BUILD-
ING UNDER THE ZONING RESOLUTION OF SUCH CITY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14229-01-2

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