New York City has decided to give all the buildings energy efficiency ratings. They began this program about two months ago.

I am grateful that in the middle of a global pandemic, with people moving out of the city, businesses going under and all the other fun stuff that has happened this year, that the city has decided that this is the best way to utilize time, money and resources. I know seeing the buildings graded has certainly improved my life…

I am also grateful that the above rated building which was built in the past few years under all the new city guidelines for energy efficiency has received a D. It’s good to know that the city has established the proper protocols and system of checks and balances.

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    1. It’s mind boggling that this is the thing they’ve decided to go forward with. And no explanations to the ratings. And, if you don’t display the rating the building gets fined. Which is probably the real reason. It’s like a tax no one talks about but will increase rent and maintenance

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    1. I know. I’m not saying the idea is without merit. But…to implement it now? When there’s a billion things going wrong right now in the city? And to not give guidelines that even new buildings can adhere to, and to which no one has been made privy to? It’s like they tried to slip something in when we were distracted. So I don’t know which part is the worst

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  1. Perhaps a D in efficiency translates to an A in COVID safety – as per a more drafty building is also more ventilated? Just trying to put a positive spin on this and not quite succeeding!!! Oh well – I’m sure ‘they’ don’t put ratings on lower income buildings with requirements for the landlords to upgrade for the sake of their tenants.
    Sorry, getting a bit cynical myself!
    😉

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  2. Sarcasm and irony on steroids–and this action deserves it. Your post encapsulates everything I was thinking about this “effort.” I would only add the immature “You’ve got to be kidding!!!”

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    1. That’s the thing…our management agent (who obviously handles a lot of buildings) doesn’t know. Our super doesn’t know. We got graded, but just got the sign to hang…no explanation of how it was calculated or what we do to get better, or what it really means. Can you imagine?

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      1. It’s like the scarlet letter..although in this case, “A” is actually desirable. 🙄 😂 To think that a bunch of paid “professionals agreed that this was a good idea right now.. it’s just scary.

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      2. It’s an absolute, crying shame..heaping insult upon injury..personal fouls of the first order as the governor and mayor seem to be misreading the mood and willingness of residents to continue to sit still and keep taking it. Saw another article this week-end about the draining of New York as folks decide that they have had enough and call the movers. It’s just too much..

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      3. Read my post this coming Friday if you remember….but the problem now is, the middle class is going to move out, and then the city literally becomes have and have not with no balance

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      4. I just got done reading an article this morning about the newly elected “progressives” coming to the NY State assembly..the socialist from Queens was salivating about raising taxes. My first thought was exactly what you are saying.. the middle class in NY is going to pack up and leave.

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      5. Doing these things now is very secretive. I don’t like people trying to do things when no one is looking. I don’t mind if money is spent properly (though um…no on the raising taxes) but there is so much unnecessary or not carefully thought out spending. But this new rule has no transparency at all. How does a brand new building get a D?

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      6. No rhyme or reason..no thought as to fall out from such a STUPID idea.. It just smacks of bullying, governmental bullying.. and the irony is they work FOR the people! What a bad joke!

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      7. I know! Yet there are no inspectors to check on social warfare of seniors or children, or to check if a building has proper COVID ventilation , or inspectors to check on heat or elevators…..but this…this they find the manpower and money for

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  3. My much smaller town chooses to focus on making the city more bike friendly at the expense of traffic flow—-I think there are other priorities but there you go.
    Our utility company sends out these reports that compares us with similar size houses in the neighborhood as far as our utility usage—I am not really sure what we could do better besides buying all new windows and appliances. Our reports aren’t great. My mom’s house is uninhabited doesn’t get great reports either–which is even more mystifying.

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    1. That’s just it…how do they calculate these results? And the bike thing…in nyc…if I’m going to be hurt by a moving vehicle, odds are it will be a bike

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    1. They just started giving out the ratings like 6 weeks ago. Not every building has it yet so it’s happening now. This is where money and time and resources are spent now? The guy sleeping on the street in front of the ratings sign is probably thrilled that this happened. I’m not saying it’s not a good idea. I’m saying the timing is ridiculous

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    1. With the amount of issues we presently face, and budget shortfalls….I feel like they’re trying to sneak something in while we are all distracted. I don’t trust that

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    1. Do you have any idea how it’s calculated? We got a b as well, but neither my management agent or our super, or the co op board know how it’s calculated. My daughter and I were in the west village last week and we saw a building with an F…

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      1. I really don’t know! I’ve seen a number of “D”s and one “A” on Riverside Drive — a beautiful Columbia faculty co-op. I was jealous. Here on West End Avenue we seem to be above average (she said with a wink).

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      2. Our management agent (akam) said that most of their buildings received Cs and Ds, so it’s crazy. The building in my neighborhood (Gramercy) that received a D is a new building. Only opened earlier in the year. How can a brand new building receive a D?

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