NYC LOCAL LAW 133 (LL133)
In October – 2016, NYC passed Local Law 133/16 amending the benchmarking law. The list of buildings required to benchmark has been significantly expanded and now includes mid-sized buildings measuring 25,000 square feet or larger. Owners of these mid-sized building must benchmark for the first time by May 1st, 2018, and then by May 1st of every succeeding year.
To submit benchmarking reports, The Cotocon Group will register your property/s with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tool ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, 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.
- Each year between January 1st and April 31st data must be collected and submitted for the prior year
- You must report results to the NYC Department of Building (DOB)
- Owners must maintain records for three years. Incomplete tenant data does not exempt the building from compliance