NYC Local Law 84 (LL84)
Local Law 84 was passed back in 2009. Since it took effect in 2011, owners of large buildings in NYC measuring more than 50,000 square feet, or groups of buildings on a single lot larger than 100,000 square feet, were required to annually measure, track, and report their energy, gas, water, and fuel consumption. This process is commonly referred to as benchmarking. Since these reports are made available to the public, it was anticipated that they would generate energy efficiency and a greener usage of resources.
Another important change to Local Law 84 exempts owners of “garden apartments” from being required to benchmark. As of October 31, 2016, the list of buildings required to benchmark excludes all residential properties that consist of three stories or less, for which ownership and maintenance responsibility of the HVAC and hot water heating systems are held by each individual dwelling unit owner. In simpler terms, if there is no HVAC system or hot water heating system in the series of dwellings that serve more than two units, the properties are exempt from benchmarking.
As part of PlaNYC 2030, your building’s reported ENERGY STAR benchmarking score will soon be part of the public record. The Cotocon Group can manage the LL84 requirements and start you saving money on building operations, making your building more competitive.
BENCHMARKING ENERGY AND WATER USE
- LL84 covers buildings only in NYC’s five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Staten Island
- Buildings must be 50,000 square feet or larger
- LL84 requires the measurement & benchmarking of building energy & water use, and the submittal of the results to the City of New York
- 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
- The owner is responsible for reporting results to the Department of Building (DOB).
- The owner must request tenant energy data in January, using the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) form, and the tenant has until February 15th (or the day s/he moves out, if earlier) to report such information.
- Owners must maintain records for three years. Incomplete tenant data does not exempt the building from compliance.
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