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A04969 Summary:

COSPNSREnglebright, Seawright, Barron, Jean-Pierre, Lupardo
Add 1872-a, Pub Auth L
Establishes the affordable residential green building program which would provide incentives to owners for the construction of new residential buildings which are affordable.
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A04969 Actions:

02/06/2017referred to energy
04/25/2017reported referred to ways and means
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A04969 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to establishing the affordable residential green building program   PURPOSE: This bill requires the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority ("NYSERDA") to establish a program to provide incentives to owners for the construction of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable affordable residential homes. Such homes would comply with design and building techniques promulgated by NYSERDA.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the public authorities law by adding a new section 1872-a. Section two sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: An incentive program for green residential buildings which are afforda- ble to New Yorkers is essential to making energy efficiency and green construction techniques mainstream for the housing market. An afforda- ble housing approach should be designed which targets new, affordable residential construction with a positive impact on energy efficiency, greenhouse gases and the economy. Green building practices can reduce the production of greenhouse gases, lower energy costs and reduce the use of natural resources. Residential buildings account for approximately 20% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, as well as 74% of water usage and 21% of energy consumption in the United States. Encouraging affordable housing with energy effi- ciency standards and green construction techniques is critical to making a real impact on the built environment in New York State. Green building requirements include improved environmental performance in site preparation, water efficiency, energy efficiency, building mate- rials selection and indoor environmental quality. Penetration in the affordable residential home market for green, energy efficient building measures fills a void in the market. The use of NYSERDA grants is justifiable because it is necessary to commoditize affordable green residential construction so it is not exclusively available to upper income New Yorkers. This program would create demand for green residences among many first time homebuyers. It would have positive economic and environmental benefits. This program provides a market incentive to stimulate the affordable housing market, where there is a market gap in terms of the affordable market. NYSERDA would fulfill its role as an enabler of markets under the construct of this legislation.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16: A.9903 - Referred to Energy; S.5663 - Passed Senate   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
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A04969 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 6, 2017
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ROSENTHAL  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Energy
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to  establishing
          the affordable residential green building program
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The public authorities law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
     2  section 1872-a to read as follows:
     3    §  1872-a.    Affordable  residential green building program. Notwith-
     4  standing any law, rule or regulation  to  the  contrary,  the  authority
     5  shall  establish  and  administer  a  program  pursuant to standards and
     6  criteria established by the authority which would provide incentives  to
     7  owners  for  the  construction  of  new  residential buildings which are
     8  affordable.  For purposes of this section, "affordable" means where  the
     9  homebuyer has a household income which does not exceed the income limits
    10  defined by the state of New York mortgage agency low interest rate mort-
    11  gage  program  in  the non-target, one-and two-person household category
    12  for the county where such property is located. Such incentives shall  be
    13  available  based  upon  the use of design and building techniques estab-
    14  lished or promulgated by the authority which promote  smart  growth  and
    15  smart  planning,  reduce  greenhouse gas emissions, achieve energy effi-
    16  ciency and reduce energy consumption, facilitate  the  incorporation  of
    17  environmentally  responsible products, promote the efficiency of gas and
    18  natural resources, reduce waste and create a healthy indoor living envi-
    19  ronment  while  maintaining  affordability  for  household  incomes   as
    20  provided in this section. The authority shall promulgate rules and regu-
    21  lations to establish affordable green residential building standards and
    22  criteria,  in  addition to administrative regulations for implementation
    23  of such program. The authority shall prepare an annual  report  on  such
    24  program which shall be posted on the authority's website.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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