Energy Audits

NYC Energy Benchmarketing

New York City has enacted legislation requiring that all buildings over 50,000 SFG benchmark their energy use and water consumption, if separately water-metered. The first benchmark report is due May 1, 2011, and then the results must be updated annually thereafter. Of importance to owners, the building’s benchmarking score is to become public information.

What information is required?

New York City has mandated that the EPA’s online Portfolio Manager tool be used for this process. Essentially, each building must submit the following data:

  • Number of occupants;
  • Hours of operation;
  • Number of computers;
  • Use and SFG of space allocation; and
  • 12-months of utility (electric, gas, steam and water) and heating oil consumption.

For the initial filing, all utility and oil consumption data must be for the calendar year 2010.

What ERS will do for you . . .

We will conduct an interview with the building’s facility manager to go over procedures and to assist in the collection of required data. We will then collate, organize, and upload the data into Portfolio Manager. We will input necessary information to account for multi-tenant, separately metered tenants, and various building uses, if needed. We will obtain the resulting Portfolio Manager National Energy Star Performance Rating results for the building, explain the rating to the client, and file all necessary documents to satisfy NYC’s requirements,

Your data is your data. All building owner Portfolio Manager account information will be provided to ownership. Depending upon your requirements, ERS will either upload the data directly to Portfolio Manager or to an online “dashboard” program of your choosing.

Once the data is uploaded, you will benefit by:

  • Satisfying NYC’s requirements and avoid penalties;
  • Establish a baseline of energy consumption;
  • Establish a baseline to compare the benefits of future implemented energy conservation measures;
  • Obtain a graphical breakdown of energy source use. Energy use allocation flags sectors that may have potential for energy use reduction; and
  • Determine the building’s basic carbon footprints.

Synopsis of New York City’s Energy Benchmarking Law:
Local Law 84, Article 309

Privately owned buildings over 50,000 SFG in size are to benchmark their annual energy and water consumption use. Qualifying buildings must submit the first benchmarking report on May 1, 2011, and submit reports annually no later than May 1. Benchmarking of water use is required only if Department of Environmental Protection automatic meter reading equipment has been in place for the entire previous calendar year. (Section 23-309.4)

For building owners with separately metered commercial tenants, the owner of the building must request information on a commercial tenant’s separately metered energy use for the previous year, and the tenant is obliged to provide this information (Section 28-309.4.1). Owners must request information between January 1st and January 31st of the reporting year, and tenants must provide information by February 15. If owners receive notice that a tenant is planning to vacate, owners must request the relevant information and the tenant is obliged to provide it. Failure of any tenant to report information requested will not relieve the owner of obligation to benchmark using available information.

Owners must preserve records needed to benchmark the building for three years, and make documents available upon request by Department of Buildings (Section 28-309.4.2). It is unlawful for the owner of a covered building to fail to benchmark the building (Section 28-309.4.3). Utility companies (Con Ed, National Grid) are encouraged to directly upload utility bill data, which relieves owners or tenants of reporting obligations (Section 28-309. 5.1). Water usage information for metered covered buildings will be directly uploaded by the Department of Environmental Protection (Section 28-309.5.2).

Click below for a pdf copy of NYC’s Local Law 84, Article 309:

Benchmarking the energy and water efficiency of buildings.

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