A Roadmap to Decarbonize New York City, Part 1

In the next few years, Local Law 97 will require over 40,000 New York City buildings to upgrade their building systems. Or else, Owners will be fined until their building achieves a net zero carbon footprint. Here’s a roadmap to get started—efficiently

October 10, 2022
New York, USA

First—why does this matter:

Existing buildings are the largest contributors of harmful CO2 emissions which have caused an unnatural rise in temperatures—resulting in an increase of catastrophic weather patterns globally.

  • New York City will soon enforce Local Law 97, part of a global effort to decarbonize the built environment by 2050.
  • This mandate requires owners of large buildings (over 25,000 square feet) to submit compliance reports on their carbon emission by 2025. 
  • By 2025, if a building has not met the required energy compliance criteria, Owners will be fined every year until the building complies with carbon caps. 
  • 3,000 of the largest buildings will have to be upgraded with the city’s mandate—all in just about 2 years. With the other 37,000 buildings required to follow suit by 2030.

Whom does this mandate affect?

People who work in, on, and around buildings will be affected by this mandate. 

Building Owners: 

  • Owners of the physical asset will be required to upgrade the non-compliant components of their buildings to meet energy efficiency standards—from windows, to heating systems, to electrical and lighting systems. 
  • Owners will be required to submit compliance reports to New York City by 2025. 
  • Every year, Owners will be required to re-submit reports to validate continuing compliance. 

Design Professionals:

  • New York City recommends that Owners seek out design professionals and energy consultants to evaluate their building—diagnosing the existing conditions, and identifying the necessary upgrades required to comply.

Building Product Companies:

  • Amidst global supply chain shortages, building product companies will be expected to meet unprecedented demand—without first knowing the accurate quantities and scale of the effort.

What is Integrated Projects doing about it?

To help all stakeholders, Integrated Projects is building Layer 1: the platform to help scan, verify, view, and quantify their building, materials, and equipment. The end goal is to enable building owners to make the necessary building and equipment upgrades—efficiently and cost effectively. To do this, we’ve built a three-part operational stack.

Here's the roadmap to getting started:

1. Verify your building

For owners to know “what should be,” they need to know “what is.”

  1. First, get accurate measurements of your building.
  2. We’ve built the largest network of trained technicians and engineers to accurately 3D scan buildings—on-demand.
  3. Today, with a few simple steps, you can mobilize a scan technician to scan your building.
  4. We're here to get you started: SCANIT

2. Visualize your building:

Once you've verified your building via SCANIT: you can visualize, verify, and count a building’s accurate dimensional and quantity data.

  • Without this, building stakeholders are in the dark working with inaccurate information.
  • Our platform enables any Owner to: 
  • Download and securely share their digital plans with architects, engineers, and building product companies. 
  • Quantify their building, mechanical systems, and equipment quantities. 
  • Generate reports and drawings for city and design professional use.
  • See this 16-story New York City office building on your phone, for example.

3. Connect your building:

Once your building is on our platform, IPx, Owners have the ability to connect to the broader marketplace of professionals and products:

  • Architects and engineers can download, view, and use the verified BIM & CADs for permitting purposes.
  • Building product companies can proactively estimate costs, scope, and timelines for building owners to replace large scale building systems and elements. 
  • City governments can keep track of building compliance progress–at scale.
Next steps: 

We’re just a small piece of a much larger, more complex puzzle. 

  • To start digitizing your building, go to SCANIT today.
  • If you already have a 3D scan of your building, use BIMIT.
  • Once your building is digitized, viewable, and connected—we pass the baton to the architects, builders, and financiers to pick it up and race to renovate.

Big picture: 
  • The global effort required to decarbonize the built environment is unprecedented and hard. 
  • It’ll undoubtedly require all of us to work together to verify building data en masse so we can rebuild in time.

Here’s a few organizations we’d love to join us in the broader effort to decarbonize the built environment:

  • Real estate operators like Oxford Properties, L&L Holdings, Rudin Management, Silverstein Properties, Brookfield Properties, JLL, CBRE
  • Design & Engineering firms working on interior renovations like Gensler, M Moser & Associates, Unispace, JB&B, Arup
  • Building Product companies like Energy Star, Blocpower, Numa
  • Departments of Buildings like New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston


To digitize your building, visit: 




New York City Department of Buildings - Press Release (10/06/2022)

New York City List of "Covered Buildings"

Architecture 2030 - Why the Built Environment?

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