Town and City of Ithaca

A draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement, also known as The Green Building Policy, is open for public comment. The Town and City of Ithaca will host two public meetings to share information and garner more public feedback. Both the City and Town have been working on the Green Building Policy (GBP) since 2017. 

In May 2018, the City’s Common Council and the Town Board adopted the GBP Report, which contained recommendations for code requirements that would reduce carbon emissions in all new buildings, while placing emphasis on affordability. The working group made up of City and Town of Ithaca staff elected officials, senior staff, and other staff members, in conjunction with consultants Stream Collaborative and Taitem Engineering while working to add details to the GBP report recommendations.

The product is the draft of the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement and is meant to be easy to understand the document, that includes the content that will be in the final Energy Code Supplement, but is designed to ease discussion and editing. The code will require all new buildings to be constructed with 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than New York State code requires and will ramp down to require net-zero new construction by 2030.

Public feedback will be gathered at two public meetings. The first meeting date will be on Sept. 12 at Ithaca Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. and again at Ithaca Town Hall on Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. Both meetings are free and open to the public. Public feedback will be gathered by the City and Town committees and incorporated into the draft before it goes before the City’s Planning and Economic Development Committee of the Common Council and the Ithaca Town Board. 

In the coming months who will consider adopting this policy in the coming months. Comments about the draft code supplement can be submitted at the public meetings, by emailing Nick Goldsmith at ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org, or by mailing comments to the City of Ithaca Planning Department at 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Comments are requested by September 30, 2019.

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