In December 2009, the City of New York amended its charter and administrative code to require the following as part of PlaNYC (the Mayor's initiative to reduce the City's carbon emissions by 30% by the year 2030) and the City's Greener, Greater Buildings legislation. These are noted as Local Law 84 (LL84) Benchmarking, Local Law 87 (LL87) Auditing and Retro-Commissioning, Local Law 88 (LL88) Lighting Upgrades and Sub-Metering, and Local Law 85 (LL85) NYC Energy Conservation Code, and LED Lighting Retrofits.
Local Law 84 (LL84) requires annual benchmarking of energy and water usage in buildings having more than 50,000 square feet. Benchmarking results are posted each year on the New York City Department of Finance web site for every covered building. Benchmarking must be performed according to standards set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual benchmarking reports are due by May 1st. A violation and fine of $500 per quarter will be issued to covered buildings that fail to file, with a maximum of $2,000 per cycle.
Auditing and Retro-Commissioning
Local Law 87 (LL87) requires ASHRAE Level II energy audits as well as retro-commissioning of base building systems for buildings having more than 50,000 square feet. Every covered building must file reports for the audits and retro-commissioning every ten years in compliance with the standards set forth in the local law and the governing regulations of the New York City Department of Buildings. Audits and retro-commissioning work must be performed by independent engineers who meet the qualifications as set forth by the published rules for Local Law 87 (LL87).
NYC Energy Conservation Code
Local Law 85 (LL85) establishes a new Energy Conservation Code for New York City as part of Title 28 of the New York City Construction Codes. The new code applies to renovations as well as new building construction, adding new requirements that are more stringent than in the past for achieving energy efficiency. Local Law 85 (LL85) now closes a former loophole and requires that all building renovations must meet the new code. (Formerly, only renovations affecting 50% or more of building systems had to comply.)
Lighting Upgrades and Sub-Metering
Local Law 88 (LL88) requires that lighting in buildings having more than 50,000 square feet be upgraded for energy efficiency. In addition, building owners must install sub-meters in such buildings for tenant spaces having more than 10,000 square feet, among other requirements.
In your initial consultation with Green Partners, we will review your obligations and deadlines under these Local Laws - Local Law 84 (LL84) Benchmarking, Local Law 87 (LL87) Auditing and Retro-Commissioning, Local Law 88 (LL88) Lighting Upgrades and Sub-Metering, and Local Law 85 (LL85) NYC Energy Conservation Code, and LED Lighting Retrofits - as they apply to your building or building portfolio. We will identify funding solutions to help pay for recommended energy conservation measures. Our core mission is to put our clients' best interests first, to ensure full compliance, and to maximize clients' benefits and advantages under the local laws, turning compliance into a cost-saving and revenue-positive experience for your building.