NYC LOCAL LAW 133 (LL133)
October 2016 – New York City passed Local Law 133/16 amending the original benchmarking Law, Local Law 84/09. As a result, the list of buildings required to benchmark has expanded significantly and now includes mid-sized buildings measuring 25,000 – 49,999 square feet. All types of mid-sized buildings within this range of square footage must benchmark energy and water use by May 1st, 2018, and then by May 1st of every succeeding year.
The property must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, and develop a case for compliance from January 1st to December 31st of the previous year.
Failure to comply with this law will result in a violation(s). Any property on the Covered Buildings List that has not submitted a benchmarking report by the May 1st deadline will receive a Notice of Violation from the NYC Department of Buildings. Continued failure to benchmark will result in a $500 penalty being issued each quarter, up to a maximum of $2,000 fine per year.
BENCHMARKING ENERGY AND WATER USE
Qualifying Facts for NYC Local Law 133 Compliance:
- NYC Local Law 133 covers buildings in the five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Staten Island
- Buildings must be 25,000 square feet or larger
- LL133 requires the measurement & benchmarking of building energy & water usage.
- Benchmarking reveals the relative efficiency of underlying systems, enabling owners, managers, and prospective buyers and tenants to evaluate operational performance in comparison to similar buildings.
- You must electronically report results to the NYC Department of Building (DOB)
- Owners must maintain records for three years.