NYC Local Law 33

Energy Efficiency Grade

Have you seen the NYC Restaurant Letter Grades? The letter on the front of the restaurants indicating the Sanitation Inspection results? Almost anyone who has walked around New York City has. Well, similarly to that score, beginning in 2020, NYC Local Law 33 will take effect. There will be grades on every building that is on the NYC Covered Buildings List. These grades will be based on their Energy Efficiency and Water Usage.


This law makes things stricter for buildings which is good and beneficial for all parties involved: building owners, tenants, NYC government and the usual residents of the city. The NYC Local Law 95/2019 (which was part of the Climate Mobilization Act) amended the Local Law 33 grade metrics.

An “Energy Efficiency Grade” means (for a covered building), an Energy Efficiency score assigned through the benchmarking process (Local Law 84) in accordance to a NYC grading tool.


NYC Local Law 33 of 2020

The ENERGY STAR rating that a buildings earns using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager online tool, helps compare the building’s energy performance to similar buildings in similar climates.

NYC Buildings (on the Covered Buildings List) required to comply shall receive scores according to the following:

A= If the score is equal to or greater than 85.
B= If the score is equal to or greater than 70 but less than 85.
C= If the score is equal to or greater than 55 but less than 70.
D= If the score is less than 55.
F=  If the owner of the building has not complied with Benchmarking.
N= If it is not feasible to obtain an energy efficiency score for the building.

Within 30 days after the owner obtains his/her Energy Efficiency Grade, such owner must post the grade and the Energy Efficiency score upon the location near each public entrance to such buildings. They must do this in a form and manner established by the department.

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