Energy Efficiency

The Benchmarking Shame Game

By George Crawford An under-the-radar benchmarking requirement may soon surprise many buildings—namely, those properties with low benchmarking scores that have been buried and unnoticed in databases for years. These scores will soon be prominently posted at the front entrance of each and every building, for all to see. Local Law 33 of 2018 When Local… View more

Benchmarking Requirements Expand to Mid-Sized Buildings (Plus, Public Grades for All)

By George Crawford   As previously reported, Local Law 84 of 2009 (LL 84)—the NYC Benchmarking Law—has expanded with the addition of Local Law 133 of 2016 (LL 133). Until now, energy and water benchmarking requirements were limited to buildings 50,000 square feet and larger. LL 133 has extended these requirements to buildings that are 25,000 s.f…. View more

New York City Extends 2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline

By Renee Sosnowski The Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) notified the Department of Buildings (DOB) by letter that it has temporarily suspended compliance with Administrative Code §28-309.4, Benchmarking Energy and Water Use. Unresolved technical issues prompted the temporary suspension of 2018 benchmarking compliance for the 2017 calendar year. Previously, 2017 benchmarking reports… View more

New York Sets Stage for Resilience with Li-ion Permitting Guide

By Frank Fortino With the April release of a blueprint for installing Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries, New York City continues its commitment to sustainability. The Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems guide represents a collaborative effort by the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Fire Department of New York… View more