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/s 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.