Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP)
New York City needs to do more than improving new construction and renovations. The city's square footage is highly concentrated in less than two percent of its properties; two percent translates into 15,000 properties over 50,000 square feet, which accounts for almost half of New York City's square footage and as much as 48 percent of New York City's total energy use. In 2009, NYC enacted a comprehensive effort, called the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), which targets energy efficiency in these large existing buildings. GGBP consists of three regulatory pieces:
1. Local Law 84 - Benchmarking
LL84 requires owners of large residential and commercial buildings in the five boroughs to submit annual energy and water consumption reports to the City. LL84 impacts you if you own a building that is larger than 25,000 gross square feet or if you have two or more buildings in a single lot that are larger than 100,000 gross square feet. To check if your building falls under this requirement, visit the LL84 Covered Building List. LL84 requires reports to be submitted by May 1st of each year. If you miss the May 1 deadline, the next quarterly deadlines for compliance are August 1, November 1, and February 1. Failure to comply with the deadlines will result in a $500 fine per missed deadline, with a maximum of $2,000 in fines.
How to Comply
In order to comply with Local Law 84, building owners must report energy and water usage to EPA’s Portfolio Manager platform, a reporting tool that allows building owners to compare their building’s energy efficiency with similar buildings. A unique report must be submitted for each building covered by the law.
2. Local Law 87 - Energy Audit & Retro-commissioning
LL87 mandates that buildings over 50,000 gross square feet undergo a periodic energy audit and retro-commissioning measures once every 10 years. The intent of this law is to inform building owners of their energy consumption through energy audits, which are surveys and analyses of energy use, and retro-commissioning, the process of ensuring correct equipment installation and performance.
Buildings that are required to undergo audits and retro-commissioning include the same private sector buildings that must benchmark under Local Law 84 (LL84): buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, and two or more buildings on a single lot that are larger than 100,000 square feet.
In addition to benchmarking annual energy and water consumption, energy audits and retro-commissioning will give building owners a much more robust understanding of their buildings’ performance, eventually shifting the market towards increasingly efficient, high-performing buildings.
In summary, LL87’s energy audit and retro-commissioning process require the following:
- Determine if a building needs to comply, and what year it is due
- Conduct an energy audit and retro-commissioning of base building systems and complete an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) electronically
- Submit the EER once every ten years to the City by December 31
How to Comply
In order to achieve LL87 compliance, owners of covered buildings as designated by the Covered Buildings List must submit their Energy Efficiency Reports (EER) to the City by December 31 of the year they are due, once every ten years.
|Year first EER is due
|Last digit of tax block number
Please note that all covered buildings with “0” as the last digit of their tax block number must comply with LL87 by December 31, 2020.
NOTE: Gross square footage (GSF) listed by the New York City Department of Finance (DOF) are estimates solely for identifying covered buildings under LL84 and LL87; when inputting information, building owners must calculate true gross square area.
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