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NYC LOCAL LAW 133 of 2016


NYC Local Law 133 of 2016 amends the original Benchmarking Law, Local Law 84 of 2009. 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.

Benchmarking Your Building/ Local Law 133

As a building owner, you should know the precise requirements of every law your building needs to comply with. NYC Local Law 133 can be summed up in the following points:

  • Submission of energy and water usage data to the benchmarking tool (the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager). The data should include details from all utility accounts and addresses connected to the building, even the ones that are for separately metered tenant spaces. The submitted information should show the energy usage details of the previous calendar year.
  • Only buildings in the following 5 boroughs of New York are covered by LL133: Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn.
  • As already mentioned, the floor size of the buildings should be from 25,000 to 50,000 square feet.
  • The collection of data should be done every year from January 1 to April 30 for the previous calendar year. This way you will manage to submit the information on time i.e. until May 1 of each year.
  • The aim of LL133 is to find out the relative efficiency of underlying systems. This will help in the evaluation of the operational performance of a building compared with other similar buildings. The information is useful for all parties involved: building owners, managers, potential buyers, and tenants.
  • As a building owner, you are also required to keep records of your building’s energy usage for 3 years.

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