New York City passed Local Law 133 of 2016 amending the original Benchmarking Law, Local Law 84/09. As a result, the list of buildings required to benchmark has expanded significantly and now includes mid-sized buildings measuring 25,000 – 49,999 square feet. All types of mid-sized buildings within this range of square footage must benchmark energy and water use by May 1st annually.
The property must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, and develop a case for compliance from January 1st to December 31st of the previous year.
Failure to comply with this law will result in a violation(s). Any property on the Covered Buildings List that has not submitted a Benchmarking report by the May 1st deadline will receive a Notice of Violation from the NYC Department of Buildings. Continued failure to benchmark will result in a $500 penalty being issued each quarter, up to a maximum of $2,000 fine per year.
As a building owner, you should know the precise requirements of every law your building needs to comply with. LL133 can be summed up in the following points: