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Community

We are interested in hosting info and suggestions for and from the community of terrace owners and professionals here. 

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One example of an issue raised by an attendee at one of our seminars, who both owns a rooftop terrace and sits on the board of his building:

Should we lobby NYC to allow more solar coverage of rooftops (currently limited to 50% of the total roof square footage), in an effort to both make rooftops more functional but also more environmentally friendly?  We welcome your suggestions and comments for the time being via our contact page.

Here is an article related to this topic we found recently:

There’s no shortage of obstacles confronting co-op and condo boards – and other building owners – who yearn to install solar panels in New York City. Roof topography, strict fire codes, shadows cast by skyscrapers, zoning and setback rules – all need to be overcome.

https://www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Green-Ideas/2018/2018-October/Solar-Spread

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And here is a company that brings solar power to coops and condos in NYC:

http://www.brightpower.com/new-york-city-solar-co-op/

If you live in a co-op or condo, you may envy your friends who own townhouses or single family homes because they have roofs on which they can install solar panels.  Until recently, most co-op and condo owners had no easy way to directly supply their apartments with solar energy that was generated by solar panels on the roofs of their buildings.  However, recent policy changes in New York State have enabled what we call a Solar Co-op.  In a Solar Co-op, the power that the solar panels produce can be credited directly to a participating resident’s Con Edison bills.  


Also related to the above, here is a New York City Council bill with the name “Requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be covered in green roofs, solar panels or small wind turbines” from the NYC Committee on Environmental Protection that was introduced in 2018 that would:

…require that the rooftops of buildings or structures in occupancy groups B, I-4, M, or S-2, as defined in section BC 302 of the New York city building code, be covered in plants (known as “green roofs”), solar panels, small wind turbines or a combination of all three. This legislation promotes energy efficient building practices, as green roofs filter pollutants and add agricultural space, solar roofs encourage renewable energy generation and reduce air pollution and small wind turbines generate heat and electric power in an environmentally conscious manner.

To follow the progress of this bill follow this link.  It is worth noting that this bill currently applies to “occupancy groups” (types of building usages as definited by NYC Building codes – like hospitals and storage facilities in this case) but not to residential buildings.  It will be interesting to watch to see how the city handles a push for greener rooftops.

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