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May 31, 2019
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What You Need to Know about the Green New Deal

Last month, the City of New York with the Office of the Mayor Bill De Blasio, released its new OneNYC 2050 report. The 300-page strategic report outlines goals to be achieved over the next 30+ years that are intended to address a variety of city-selected issues including climate change, healthcare, education, and economic growth and diversity. NGA has reviewed the report to identify and focus on key points specifically related to or impacting glass and fenestration in the built environment. READ THIS distillation and share it with your colleagues to understand the situation
This summary is intended to outline the facts of the Green New Deal as presented by the City of New York to provide a foundational knowledge of the OneNYC 2050 plan. NGA and its collaborators have also issued statements on behalf of the glazing and glass building products industry. Furthermore, NGA’s Advocacy Committee is prioritizing this issue in order to formulate regular and strategic responses to ensure glass is continued to be viewed as the material of choice and utilized in new and retrofit construction. While the written information on the OneNYC 2050 plans outlines how glass may continue to be used, the Association believes the commentary surrounding glass-clad buildings provided by the Office of the Mayor presented a bleak picture for the future of glass and did not adequately reinforce the ways it may be specified.
Now more than ever, it is important for every member to be aware of potential questions surrounding the specification of glass and to be proactive in addressing them and providing solutions. The use of glass in buildings is not just to provide an alternative to other building products. At its core, daylighting and view are primary factors in using glass in buildings. It is the only material that offers health and wellness benefits in addition to its physical protection and energy efficient capabilities. Let’s keep glass in the conversation.

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