Do you own, live in, or operate a building in New York City that is greater than 50,000 SQ.FT?
Is your building (or condo) one of two or more that share the same tax lot and total over 100,000 SQ.FT?
If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, I hope that you’ve been doing some reading into Local Laws 84, 87, and 88!
(If you’re still not sure, check out this list: Buildings That Must Benchmark Under Local Law 84)
Most everyone has heard of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, and maybe even his 2011 update released in May:
If not, then maybe you’re doing some research because you’re one of the 30% of owners who received a letter from the Department of Buildings warning of non-compliance with the Benchmarking Law, and that penalties that will be assessed of $500 per building per quarter of non-compliance as of December 31st, 2011!
The benchmarking requirements of Local Law 84 are not overly extensive, but have been designed and organized such that building owners can either meet the requirements in-house, or hire consultants (like RCx Building Diagnostics) for a very low annual fee. The law does require that single buildings greater than 50,000 SQ.FT, or multiple buildings or condos that share tax lots and total over 100,000 SQ.FT input annual energy and water benchmarking data directly from their utility companies. This data is to be reported on a publicly available tool: EPA ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. However, each building owner will create their own private log-in for the data input.
When creating the profile for Portfolio Manager, some general building information will be requested. Some of these categories include: building use category (office, residential, manufacturing, hospital, etc), number of occupants, operating hours, gross square footage, number of computers, etc.
Absolutely NO ONE should be charged the fee for non-compliance of this reporting. Start gathering together your energy bills for the past year, attend a free seminar given by the Urban Green Council and Department of Buildings, and either build your benchmark or hire a consultant to do so for you before December 31st!!!
Also…. if you have a building that does qualify under Local Law 84, please make yourselves aware of Local Laws 87 and 88, as they require more of an investment and will soon be coming into play beginning in 2013. (If you comply earlier than your deadline, there may be more funding available, and you will still not be required to re-comply until 10 years after your original deadline- gives you a little more time to budget and plan.)