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Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning

Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning

An Energy Audit is a survey and analysis of energy use in a building with the purpose of identifying opportunities to reduce the amount of energy consumed without negatively affecting the operations. Retro-commissioning is the process of ensuring that the energy systems in an existing building are installed as per the design intentions, functionally tested, and capable of being operated and maintained, according to the owner’s operational needs.


Applicable commercial, mixed-use and residential buildings must submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Owners are obligated to submit their EER in the calendar year in which the last digit of the year coincides with the last digit of the building’s tax block number.

Energy Efficiency Report Submission

Energy Efficiency Reports may now be submitted. Please consult the Service Notice for details. Submittals should be sent to
Read Service Notice (PDF)
How to Guide (PDF)
Download Form

Covered Buildings List 2014

Below are the reporting tools for Energy Efficiency Reports.

Energy Audit Reporting Tool


Retro-Commissioning Reporting Tool

*Instructions for naming the reporting tools is given in the How To Guide. The Professional Certification Forms should be saved in the same manner, replacing the word “Tool” with “Form”.

Properties with a block number ending in “3,” that are due in 2013, are required to submit the reporting tools.

Questions about LL87/09 should be emailed to


Failure to submit an EER is a Major (Class 2) violation which may result in a penalty of $3000 in the first year and $5000 for each additional year until the EER is submitted to the department. The department will not accept any outstanding EER submission if outstanding penalties are not paid in full.
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Information Sessions

The Department of Buildings will be holding information sessions on Local Law 87/09 at 280 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. The sessions are designed for both building owners and consultants to gain a general overview of the law. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The next sessions are scheduled for:

Thursday, November 20, 2pm – 3:30pm

Thursday, December 11, 10am – 11:30am

All are in the 3rd floor conference room.

To register to attend, email


To apply for an extension, please consult the Service Notice for details. To apply, fill in the form Application for Extension to File an Energy Efficiency Report, sign the form, scan the form, and email it to The Department will notify you by email when the application has been received and send you instructions on how to mail in the payment.
Read Service Notice (PDF)
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The deadline for submitting extension requests for 2014 has now passed.


If you wish to apply to defer filing an Energy Efficiency Report (EER), please consult the service notice below for details.
Read Service Notice (PDF)
Download Form

Approved Agency Qualifications

All individuals performing or supervising the Energy Audit and Retro-commissioning studies for inclusion in an Energy Efficiency Report must be either a registered design professional (a registered architect or licensed professional engineer in the state of New York) with the appropriate qualifications for Energy Audits or Retro-commissioning services, OR they must register with the Department and demonstrate that they have obtained one of the accepted Energy Audit or Commissioning credentials. For early compliance projects, the individual that is performing or supervising the work must have at least three years of relevant professional experience performing audits or commissioning services on buildings larger than 50,000 gross square feet.

The registration process for individuals who are not a registered design professional is now available.
Read Service Notice (PDF)
Download Form

Individuals performing energy audits and retro-commissioning MAY NOT be on the staff of the building being audited or retro-commissioned.


Filing Type


Initial filing (EER/Deferral) $375
Extension request $155
Amendments $145
Approved Agent Registration $200
Approved Agent Registration Renewal $90

If registering for both energy auditor and retro-commissioning agent, you must submit the fee for each designation.

Additional Resources
Sustainability Regulations Demystified Presentation (PDF)
Local Law 87 Presentation (PDF)
Read Rule (PDF)
Read Law (Local Law 87) (PDF)
LL87 FAQ's
Learn more about the Greater Greener Buildings Plan