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How to Comply

In order to comply with Local Law 84 (LL84), owners of buildings with entire lots of 50,000 square feet or more (1) as designated by the Covered Buildings List must use a free online benchmarking tool called ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (2) to log energy and water use of the prior year by May 1 of each year.

To submit your report and comply by May 1 deadline, input energy and water use data for January to December of the prior year into Portfolio Manager via the compliance template created by the City: "NYC LL84 Benchmarking 2014 Compliance Report."

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Submission to the City
Guidance for 2014 Reporting
Deadlines and Violations

2014 Submission to the City (for compliance by May 1, 2015):

To complete the benchmarking process, the newest reporting template must be generated in Portfolio Manager. This new template creates a custom Compliance Report that will then be submitted to the City to comply with LL84 for each property on the Covered Buildings List. Templates are updated annually, so please make sure you use the correct template for this compliance period. The latest reporting template is:

Guidance for 2014 Reporting (for compliance by May 1, 2015):

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Deadlines and Violations

Benchmarking Compliance Deadline
LL84 requires benchmarking to be completed by May 1 of each year. If you missed the May 1 deadline, you have an opportunity to comply before the next quarterly deadlines of August 1, November 1, and February 1.

Violations for Failed Compliance
The Department of Buildings (DOB) is authorized to issue violations for any property on the Covered Buildings list that has not provided a benchmarking report by May 1 deadline. Failure to benchmark will result in a violation and a penalty of $500. Continued failure to benchmark by the subsequent deadlines of August 1st, November 1st and February 1st will result in additional violations on a quarterly basis and a penalty of $500 per quarter with a maximum of $2,000 per year.

Other LL84 Benchmarking Links

LL84 Home
About LL84
Covered Buildings (Buildings Required to Benchmark)
Energy and Water Data Collection
Where to Get Help
Benchmarking Data Disclosure and Reports
Outreach and Trainings 

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  1. Benchmarking is required for one building on a tax lot that is more than 50,000 sq ft, or at least two buildings on one tax lot whose sum is more than 100,000 sq ft [back]
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