By Jennifer Tung
This past Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the 2019 Sustainable City pLAn, which the City refers to as its “Green New Deal.” An update to the 2015 pLAn, version 2019 envisions sweeping changes to everything from car culture, to air quality, to urban planning in Los Angeles.
Notably, the 2019 Sustainable City pLAn expands upon previously set targets for building efficiency. For example, the 2015 version envisioned a 14-percent reduction of energy use per square foot for all buildings by 2025, and a 30-percent reduction by 2035. In 2019, those goals have been increased to a 22-percent reduction from all buildings by 2025, and 44-percent by 2050.
Similarly, the goal in 2015 was to utilize energy efficiency to deliver 15-percent of Los Angeles’ projected electricity needs by 2020. The 2019 Sustainable City pLAn expands upon this target by including a 30-percent goal by 2030.
The 2019 iteration also commits that all new buildings will be net zero carbon by 2030, while 100-percent of buildings will be net zero carbon by 2050. Los Angeles previously pledged itself to this goal when it signed onto the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration last fall.
With buildings accounting for 25-percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is no wonder that building efficiency will play a central role in Los Angeles (and California) achieving their ambitious sustainability targets. As such, builders, developers, and property owners alike should stay apprised of changes to building codes and rebate programs reflecting Los Angeles’ and California’s increasing focus creating a greener built environment. Stay tuned to future HuntLaw Updates, as Hunt Ortmann continues to monitor these developments to keep you informed and up to date.
Jennifer Tung is an associate attorney at Hunt Ortmann, and focuses her practice on a broad array of matters, including breach of contract claims and construction defect litigation. Ms. Tung has represented a diverse client base including, owners, contractors, transportation companies, insurers, universities, and health care providers. If you would like additional information about the subject matter of this bulletin, please contact Ms. Tung at firstname.lastname@example.org.