A Pragmatic Approach to New York City's Local Law 97
The Par Group strongly believes in the necessity of reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment. Achieving significant carbon reduction through replacement of systems at the end of their useful lives is of paramount importance. We must ensure that we do not move backwards by replacing old obsolete technology with new obsolete technology (i.e. replacing an oil-fired system with another oil- fired system because natural gas or other another alternative is not physically or economically available).
In order to achieve the goals of the recently enacted law we must get beyond the rhetoric of “electrify everything” and understand the fuels, technologies and systems available to us that will enable meaningful carbon reductions in buildings without the crippling economic effects. We must develop an understanding of the available fuel mix, and the interdependence of our piped fuel and electricity infrastructure so that we can take advantage within our buildings. Additionally, we must design and implement building systems that are future ready, enabling further carbon reductions at minimal cost and disruption as fuel mix shifts and new technologies become available.
The one certainty about LL97 is that nobody is yet an expert; the law has been enacted but the rules have yet to be written. Expertise can only come with implementation. It will take the entire Real Estate and Construction eco-system to successfully comply with the spirit and intent of this law. Property owners and managers will need a team consisting of professional engineers, contractors, energy suppliers and attorneys. For some it will be about money, and for others about “doing the right thing”.
Par is capable of being an integral part of your LL97 compliance team. We regularly install all types of boilers and water heaters, including heat pump systems powered by gas, electric and steam. We are uniquely situated to evaluate the installation costs, complexities and safety implications of replacement plumbing and HVAC systems. We can also advise on the implementation of new technologies, including suitability, installation difficulty and risk, available warranty support and reliability.
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