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Benchmarking

Benchmarking provides owners, tenants and property managers with a greater understanding of their buildings’ energy and water consumption.


Compliance

If you own a building you may assign a representative in consultation with the building’s operating staff to benchmark your building’s energy use. When the review is complete, you must electronically submit the report generated by the EPA’s online tool – Portfolio Manager. Submit the results of your report to the Department of Finance using the NYC portal.

If you received a Requirement to Benchmark Energy Usage notice from the Department of Finance or see your building on the list of buildings required to benchmark and believe this is inaccurate, or wish to dispute your building’s square footage or wish to dispute the number of buildings on a tax lot, contact the Department of Finance at benchmarking@finance.nyc.gov. If you are disputing the square footage of your building or the number of buildings on a tax lot, please include the following information in our email:

  • Your building’s borough, block and lot number
  • Your contact name
  • Your contact email address or telephone number
  • The reason you are disputing your building’s square footage

Violations

Failure to benchmark by the May 1st deadline will result in a penalty of $500. Continued failure to benchmark will result in additional violations on a quarterly basis and additional penalties of $500 per violation.
Read Service Notice (PDF)

If you received a Benchmarking violation and have questions about what it means and what to do next, review the Service Notice.

If you have additional questions not covered in the Service Notice email sustainability@buildings.nyc.gov.

If you would like to challenge a Benchmarking violation, complete the
Benchmarking Violation Challenge Form (PDF)

For further information regarding compliance with Benchmarking (Local Law 84 of 2009) please consult the Benchmarking section of the Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/gbee/html/plan/ll84.shtml.

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