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What is required to comply with Local Law 33 of 2018?
To comply with Local Law 33/18, the energy and water consumption of a building must be benchmarked annually by May 1. The energy efficiency score and grade that is obtained and assigned based on the benchmarking reporting, must be disclosed in the form of a Building Energy Efficiency Rating label (sample), which is issued by the Department of Buildings every year on October 1st, by displaying it annually within 30 days after October 1st in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to the building until October 1st of the following year.
What happens if a building owner fails to submit a benchmarking report on time?
Buildings for which required benchmarking information was not submitted on time will be assigned an “F” grade in the form of the Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label. The label with an “F” grade must be displayed within 30 days after October 1st in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to such building until October 1st of the following year.
What is the required file format needed to download the label?
A printed 8½” x 11” paper label is acceptable.
Is there a limit on the number of copies that may be printed?
No, you may print as many copies as needed.
Does the label have to be in color, laminated or framed?
The label may be printed in color (highly recommended) or in gray scale. Framing/laminating the label is suggested, but not required, as long as all information included in the label is clearly visible for the entire year.
Are there any specific requirements in terms of where the label has to be displayed?
Once printed, the label must be displayed either externally or internally in a conspicuous location near each public entrance, so it is visible to the public. The label must be at a vertical height no less than four feet and no more than six feet from the ground or floor. The label must not be defaced, marred, camouflaged or hidden from public view. The label must be displayed year-round and replaced each year with the latest issued version.
Is the label automatically mailed to the building owner from the City or is it available online for download?
The label is not automatically mailed, an owner or owner’s representative must access it thru the DOB NOW Public Portal, where it can be download and printed for posting.
Where is the Building Energy Efficiency Rating label made available and how is it downloaded?
When will the Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label be available?
The label will be available for building owners to download, print, and display on October 1 of each year.
When is the deadline to print and display the label?
30 days after October 1.
What is the penalty for failure to display the Building Energy Efficiency Rating Label by the deadline?
The penalty is a DOB violation and a fine of $1,250.
Who must comply with this law?
Owners of properties that are listed on the Covered Buildings List for benchmarking compliance as per Department of Finance records.
Which property types are eligible for an ENERGY STAR score?
ENERGY STAR 1-100 score eligibility:
Why isn't my property generating an ENERGY STAR score?
There may be a number of reasons. Click on the ‘Not currently eligible for Energy Star Certification’ button with the Energy Star logo for an explanation as to why your property isn't generating a score. Follow the recommended suggestions if applicable.
My property is a campus where the buildings share utilities. I have different scores for the child properties and the parent property. Will I be assigned a letter grade for each building?
If the benchmarking data was submitted as a campus and the property type is eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR 1-100 score at the campus level, the parent property will generate a score. The scores shown for the child properties will not be taken into account as the child properties in the campus structure may not reflect the energy consumption data for the entire building due to shared systems. Property types that are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR 1-100 score at the campus level will receive one grade associated with the score assigned to the parent.
There are multiple buildings on my lot. How many labels will I receive?
Multiple buildings on one lot will receive one campus grade if the benchmarking data was submitted as a campus and the property type is eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR 1-100 score at the campus level, or the same grade for each building on the lot if the benchmarking data was submitted aggregated across all buildings in one report as a standalone property. In both scenarios the assigned label will be generated for each building on the lot and must be printed by accessing each building’s property profile in the DOB NOW Public Portal and posted as required by Law. Multiple labels can be printed for buildings with more than one public entrance.
Please note, if the lobbies of the individual buildings that comprise the campus are not public entrances, as they are typically only accessible to those who live in that individual building and have no central lobby or entryway (for example, garden style cooperative apartment complexes with individual entrances for each tenant), the LL33/18 Energy Grade and Energy Score label should be placed in the lobby of the management office for the campus. Typically, when a campus submits their benchmarking report, they submit one report that includes all the buildings that comprise the campus and the issued grade corresponds to the score generated for a parent property. Thus, placing one label with the Grade and Score in the lobby of the management office for the campus would comply with the intent of the Law for such buildings.
What is a public entrance and when is the posting of the label not required?
As per Building Code (BC) section 1102:
PUBLIC ENTRANCE: An entrance that is not a service entrance.
RESTRICTED ENTRANCE: An entrance that is made available for public use but on a controlled basis, and that is not a service entrance.
SERVICE ENTRANCE: An entrance solely for delivery of goods or services.
Does an entrance that is restricted only to only certain occupants of the facility qualify as a public entrance?
A “Public Entrance” is not defined in in the NYC Administrative Code; however, it is defined in BC section1102 as “an entrance that is not a service entrance.” An entrance where access is limited to a certain subset of the public – is not a “service entrance”, so the posting of the score and grade label is required. The Building Code also defines a “Restricted Entrance” as “an entrance that is made available for public use but on a controlled basis, and that is not a service entrance.” Therefore, if the entrance is considered a “restricted entrance,” it may still be accessible for public use and the intent of the law’s posting requirement is to advise occupants of the building on the energy efficiency of the building, and so would also require the posting.
Do loading dock entrances or service entrances count as public entrances?
Per BC section 1102, loading dock entrances and service entrances would be considered a Service Entrance - An entrance solely for delivery of goods or services. Accordingly, since the public, including occupants of the building, should not be entering thru a “service entrance”, the posting requirement should not apply to any “service entrance.”
Do street level retail store entrances count as public entrances?
If the entrance is exclusive to a particular retail store and not also an entrance to the building in general, such as a lobby, then such an entrance should not be considered a “public entrance” for the purpose of LL 33/18, as the intent of the Law’s requirement is to advise occupants of the building about the energy score and grade. As customers that are entering a retail store cannot be assumed to be occupants or potential occupants of the larger building, the notice requirement does not apply to such entrances.
What if my property is not eligible for an ENERGY STAR score?
Properties not eligible for an ENERGY STAR score will receive an “N” grade.
“N” grade buildings (buildings exempted from benchmarking or not covered by the Energy Star program) are not subject to the posting requirement.
What kind of property is not eligible for an ENERGY STAR score?
Buildings exempted from benchmarking or not covered by the Energy Star program:
Are there other exemptions?
Properties with New Build or Demolition permits and no TCO in the applicable reporting year, or properties with an ownership change in the applicable reporting year may be eligible for a temporary exemption. To request such exemption email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a question about my Building Energy Efficiency Rating – who can I contact?
Questions pertaining to your Building Energy Efficiency Rating can be addressed by the NYC Sustainability Help Center, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Email Help@NYCsustainability.org or call (212) 566-5584.
I would like to challenge my violation – who can I contact?
If you believe that you received a violation in error, you may challenge it. The challenge request form must be submitted to the Department within 30 days of the Notice of Violation postmark. The challenge request form is accessible in the DOB NOW portal. You will need to have previously created an account in eFiling to log into DOB NOW. To challenge an EGRADE violation, follow the instructions included in the DOB NOW: Safety - Local Law 33 of 2018 guide.
What paperwork must be submitted along with my violation challenge request?
Per Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York §103-06 (m), you may challenge the EGRADE violation. The challenge request may include, but is not necessarily limited to one of the following:
How do I pay the violation?
To resolve an EGRADE violation, pay the penalty for failure to timely display the energy efficiency score and energy efficiency grade as per Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York §103-06 (l).
To pay a penalty, follow the instructions included in the DOB NOW: Safety Local Law 33 of 2018 guide.