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NYC Benchmarking Law
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NYC Benchmarking Law

The NYC Benchmarking Law requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy and water consumption in a process called benchmarking. The law standardizes this process by requiring building owners to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) online tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® and use the tool to submit data to the City. This data informs building owners about a building's energy and water consumption compared to similar buildings, and tracks progress year over year to help in energy efficiency planning.

Benchmarking data is also disclosed publicly, analyzed in reports, visualized in the NYC Energy & Water Performance Map, included in energy efficiency policy development efforts such as the Buildings Technical Working Group Final Report, and used to develop free resources such as the NYC Retrofit Accelerator and Community Retrofit NYC to help building owners use less energy and save money.

Local Law 33 of 2018 amended the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to energy efficiency scores and grades for buildings required to benchmark their energy and water consumption. Energy efficiency scores and grades for these buildings shall be obtained, assigned and disclosed in accordance with the new section §28-309.12 annually, based on benchmarking reporting consistent with Federal energy efficiency standards.

An energy efficiency score is the Energy Star Rating that a building earns using the United States Environmental Protection Agency online benchmarking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager, to compare building energy performance to similar buildings in similar climates. Grades based on Energy Star energy efficiency scores will be assigned as follows:

A – score is equal to or greater than 85;

B – score is equal to or greater than 70 but less than 85;

C – score is equal to or greater than 55 but less than 70;

D – score is less than 55;

F – for buildings that didn"t submit required benchmarking information;

N – for buildings exempted from benchmarking or not covered by the Energy Star program.

The energy label will include both a letter grade and the building's energy efficiency score.

Read Local Law 33 of 2018.

Local Law 133 of 2016 amended the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to expanding the list of buildings required to benchmark for energy and water efficiency. In addition, as of October 31, 2016, the term "covered building" shall not include real property, not more than three stories, consisting of a series of attached, detached or semi-detached dwellings, for which ownership and the responsibility for maintenance of the HVAC systems and hot water heating systems is held by each individual dwelling unit owner, and with no HVAC system or hot water heating system in the series serving more than two dwelling units (also known as "garden style" apartments).

The annual benchmarking process consists of the following steps:

  1. Check the Covered Buildings List for your property every year.
  2. Set up an account in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® if you do not have one.
  3. Enter or review building characteristics and uses.
  4. Collect whole building energy data (and water data, if required) from utilities.
  5. Record your energy and water usage in Portfolio Manager®.
  6. Confirm and enter BBL and BIN information.
  7. Check your data for errors and completeness.
  8. Submit usage data to the City by May 1 through Portfolio Manager®.

Building owners are subject to a penalty if usage data is not submitted by May 1 every year.

For additional information, please visit the links below:

Compliance Instructions
Energy and Water Data
Deadlines and Violations
Data Disclosure and Reports
NYC Benchmarking Help Center
Benchmarking Checklist

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