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Tying The Knot

REPORT REAL ESTATE: Ambitious 'green' law will overhaul how city builds

July 31, 2006, Monday
By Erik Engquist
Standards to affect $12B in projects; officials scramble as rules deadline looms

With deadlines approaching quickly, New York is hustling to implement a complicated new law that promises to revolutionize municipal construction and could also change the way the private sector operates.

Beginning in January, the "green buildings" law will require most city-funded projects to meet an eco-friendly standard that few developers attempt to reach.

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Now that the rules are being drafted, you could say City Hall is just getting started. "You work long and hard to pass a law, but it's like getting married," says Nancy Anderson, executive director of the Manhattan-based Sallan Foundation, a booster of the legislation. "It's the first step in a lot of work."