Deadline for LL84 submittals has passed! Avoid $2000 in fines by acting today.

PlaNYC, introduced to the public on Earth Day in 2007, has established some laws that building owners and property or facility managers in NYC need to be aware of.

LL84 requires annual benchmarking for energy and water for buildings, and the data must be submitted to the City EACH YEAR by May 1st.

Fines are being issued already for non-compliance with LL84! Building owners are to be fined $500 per quarter of non-compliance, beginning May 1.

Have you received this letter?

Gather your data and submit as soon as possible to avoid continued fines!  RCx is one of the Energy Efficiency service providers that can help- and we now have an easy to use online form:

Also to keep on the radar, LL87 comes into play in 2013.  This law requires the same list of buildings (see to have energy audits or retrocommissioning done by certified providers. The deadline year that each of those buildings is assigned to comply is organized by tax lot numbers. This law affects buildings every 10 years, however, having retrocommissioning or energy audits done can be a time consuming process. Also, there are some significant advantages to early compliance!  There is also funding available NOW for building owners to have ASHRAE Level III Energy Audits (comply with LL87) to pay for half of the cost of the audit!  There is also funding to help with any first costs when making any energy efficiency improvements.

For more updates on PlaNYC 2030 and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, Mayor Bloomberg made an address on Earth Day 2012:

RCx to "Unlock Efficiency" at NFMT Conference March 2012

Many facility managers and building owners have “run the numbers” and researched the effectiveness of energy reduction in their buildings.  Not to mention, it also increases the value of an existing building, reduces risks associated with downtime, and reduces regular operating costs- which can now be viewed as controllable costs.  Oftentimes, due to certain types of energy analysis and building and operations detective work, we are able to reduce current energy consumption in existing buildings by anywhere from 15 – 40%.

Well, the market realizes that there is a significant opportunity out there to make a change, but no one is educating the masses on where to start and what kinds of solutions may be applicable to your specific building and BUDGET.

Come and see us speak on this subject at the **FREE to attend** NFM&T conference in Baltimore, MD.

Unlocking Efficiency: Keys to a Successful Energy Management Program

Thursday March 15th, 2012.

3:10 – 4:00pm

Room 339

Our engineers and industry experts will be presenting:

  1. the development and implementation of an energy-management program
    • key components will be outlined
    • overview of where and how to start managing your facility’s energy use
    • determine current energy consumption
  2. the differences (and similarities) between energy-audits and retrocommissioning
    • when/if either of these services might be applicable
    • what to expect from either service
    • what to look for in a qualified energy auditor or retrocommissioning agent

While we hope to see you in our audience as we speak at NFM&T, if your schedule is tight, we also will be available to answer any of your questions at our BOOTH  #2266 at any time that the exhibit hall is open (Tues – Thurs).

If unable to make it to the Baltimore area for the show, please feel free to contact us through our website, or by email: and we will answer your questions as soon as possible!

PlaNYC's Benchmarking Law (LL84) deadline is extended!


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:

PlaNYC 2011 Update

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.)

Happy Holiday Season

from your friends at RCx Building Diagnostics!

South Florida… Green?

What do people love about South Florida?  The gorgeous beaches, exciting nightlife, exotic and diverse fashions, multicultural society, delectable eats and beautiful weather (most of the year) consistently draw people to live in the area, or to vacation in the many hotels up and down the scenic Florida coastline.

Fortunately, the “locals” in Florida are becoming more and more aware of the environmental impact of all of these people on the local ecosystem.  They are also realizing the risk of not renovating buildings to become more “green” in order to remain competitive in the market.  It is very difficult to miss the news reports, advertisements, and other marketing information that have been touting both the private and public sector’s efforts to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certify many existing and new buildings in the area, as well as investing in other general energy and water saving measures.  It is becoming a rarity for new construction developments, such as the new Hampton Inn in the Brickell area of Miami, not to pre-register for LEED.  Buildings investing in retrofits, like the Clifton Hotel, have realized large savings in energy and water reductions as well as being able to tout itself as being “carbon neutral” which increases their appeal to the eco-conscious niche.

Big name players that truly influence the South Florida metro area’s move toward becoming a competitively green city include:

  • Miami Heat- American Airlines arena became LEED EB Certified in April 2009
  • Florida Marlins- the new ballpark to be opened in 2010 is aiming for LEED Silver certification with serious efforts to have a green lifecycle: from design through construction process and also during operation
  • Tallman Pines- a low-income multifamily housing development became LEED Silver in August 2009
  • Pine Crest Prep- their Central Energy Plant and Lower School have both become LEED Gold properties
  • Kohl’s Department store- has 7 facilities in South Florida that became either LEED Certified or LEED Silver in August 2009
  • Palm Beach Zoo- with a close relationship with Florida Power and Light (FPL) they are making efforts to install enough solar panels to provide 30-50% of their new Animal Hospital’s energy use

The American City Business Journals (ACBJ) has published a study of 41 metro areas in order to evaluate and rank their “greenness” in March of 2010.  They take into account 20 indicators such as number and distances of commuters, air and water quality, renewable energy generation, carbon emissions, LEED certified projects, Energy Star ® rated facilities, green job potential and similar others.  Unfortunately, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL area is ranked at a general 30 of 41.  While it is ranked first for LEED certified buildings, it is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to green jobs, travel delays and excess fuel.

While the effort is acknowledged, the South Florida metro area seems to have quite a few areas in which they can and must improve in order to be competitive as a green metro area.