It appears National Grid is imposing a moratorium on new gas service connections. This can impact new developments because it is unclear as to when this moratorium will end.
National Grid Gas Moratorium
Should We Add Gas in NYC?
So I am an architect in NYC and I had a meeting today at my office with a client and General Contractor about a new apartment building that we are developing in Brooklyn. The concern of the National Grid Gas Moratorium came up. National Grid is not issuing new gas connections at this time. We are going to build a new multifamily building with gas water heaters, gas dryers, and gas cooking. So what do we do?
My first inclination was to tell the client that we proceed and hope for the best. By the time we are ready for the gas hopefully this would be all resolved. My client, a NYC real estate developer, is very risk adverse. His call was that we redesign the building systems to have a 100% no gas building. All equipment will be electric including electric water heaters, cooking, and drying machines.
I try to be optimistic but there is no clear timeline as to when this will be resolved. If my clients are risk adverse, the safe bet is to design an all electric building.
National Gird’s Gas Moratorium
This blog post is only meant to share our experience and not meant to be advice to anyone planning a building in an area covered by National Grid. Please do your own research as this issue may be resolved quickly or may take a very long time. I do not know.
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This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.