iLOQ’s battery-free smart locks help buildings comply with NYC’s Local Law 97

In New York City, buildings account for approximately two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions. The current Mayor, Eric Adams, and his predecessors pledged to address these emissions as part of plans to make the city carbon neutral by 2050.

Already, in 2019, the city enacted Local Law 97. Under this groundbreaking law, most buildings larger than 25,000 square feet (2,323 m2) are required to meet new greenhouse gas emission limits by 2024. Stricter limits will be coming into effect in 2030. The goal of these aggressive sustainability targets is to reduce the emissions produced by the city’s largest buildings 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

With nearly 50,000 properties throughout the city currently under the microscope, the real estate sector has had to rethink their practices and rapidly embrace sustainable options to comply with the carbon caps and meet the new energy-efficiency requirements.

Sustainable access management

According to the Q1 2023 Multifamily Real Estate Report on the MyeListing website, New York City is the most populous city in the United States. About 65,618 new multifamily units were under construction in New York City in Q1 2023. Importantly, the website states that New York City tenants have many rights relating to the safety and quality of their housing and that they should expect to live in safe, well-maintained buildings. But can buildings be both secure and sustainable? Thanks to iLOQ, yes, they can.

iLOQ has been a disruptor of the traditional locking industry already for 20 years. Our battery-free electronic smart-locking solutions have been safely and efficiently securing residential properties in 30 countries throughout Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the south-east Asia region. Designed with sustainability in mind, our portfolio of battery- and cable-free, and keyless solutions also includes an ANSI-compliant product family for the North American market.

With iLOQ’s unique solution, access rights are programmed using our cloud-based software and sent as ‘phone keys’ remotely and in real time to iLOQ’s app running on a resident’s smartphone. They can be updated as tenants move in and out and even immediately cancelled. No physical key is needed removing risks involved with lost, stolen or unreturned keys to keep levels of security in the building high.

Eliminating battery waste

The power needed for recognizing those access rights and opening a lock comes from the phone itself. Being battery free eliminates more that 220,000 lbs of unrecyclable battery waste and the time, costs and environmental impact of travelling to replace them.

“iLOQ provides the most secure and sustainable solutions in the market. With iLOQ, a smartphone acts as both a key and a power source, no batteries, cables or physical keys are needed. And our smart cylinders are easy to retrofit; there’s no need to replace doors or change your existing infrastructure. We are confident that our solutions will help New York City’s multifamily properties meet the aggressive sustainability targets of Local Law 97,” states Joni Lampinen, General Manager, iLOQ USA.

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