As you may be aware, Local Law 84 in NYC requires all buildings over 25,000 square feet to report their annual energy and water usage to the city by May 1st. This law, which was passed in 2009, aims to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
As the deadline approaches, we would like to remind all building owners and managers to ensure that they are in compliance with this law. This includes submitting accurate and up-to-date information about your building's energy and water usage to the city via the online benchmarking portal.
If owners failed to submit a fully compliant report by May 1, 2023, owners will be subject to fines for non-compliance with Local Law 84 which can range from $500 to $2,000 for the first year, increasing to $1,000 to $4,000 for the second year and $2,000 to $8,000 for the third and subsequent years. Non-compliant properties will be receiving an "F" letter grade according to Administrative Code §28-309.4.
Local Law 97, passed in 2019, sets ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for large buildings, with the goal of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050 from 2005 levels. It also establishes annual emissions limits that buildings must meet, starting in 2024, with fines for non-compliance. LL97 uses the consumption data as reported by the LL84 annual report. Non-compliance with Local Law 97 may result in fines of $268 per tonne of CO2 emissions over the limit, with escalating penalties for non-compliance.
In addition, we would like to remind you that we offer other resources to help buildings improve their energy efficiency, and show good faith efforts to reduce your building carbon emissions footprint. These include technical assistance, request for proposals, and financial incentives for upgrades to avoid potential fines set by LL97.
STRATCO can help you with the process by:
- Checking if your property is in the 2023 Covered Buildings List
- Submitting your LL84 compliance requirements on your behalf, which consist of:
- Reviewing building characteristics that need to be uploaded to the portfolio manager
- Collecting building energy & water data from electricity, gas, fuel oil, and water utilities
- Organizing your consumption data and give you a sample benchmarking report for your properties
- Checking the accuracy of data for potential errors and give you recommendations to resolve them if there are any
- Conduct a turnkey Local Law 97 and ASHRAE Level II energy audit report in preparation for all utility analysis, fieldwork, calculated energy savings and GHG emissions reduction
- Answering any questions about the process
What to do next
We understand that complying with LL84 and LL97 can be a complex process, but we are here to help. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us here.