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NYC Local Law 97 of 2019

What is it?

April 18th, 2019 – Beginning in 2024, buildings over 25,000 square feet will have to meet carbon emissions limits based on the facility’s occupancy group type. The New York City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which is an ambitious package of legislation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% by 2050. This “Green New Deal” will take effect in 2024 and is comprised of eleven pieces of legislation, but the centerpiece is the carbon emissions limits law for large NYC buildings (Local Law 97 of 2019).

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Carbon Emissions Limits for Buildings (Local Law 97/2019)

Local Law 97 mandates that covered buildings 25,000 square feet and larger cannot emit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at levels higher than the limits set by the law. These carbon limits are set based on the occupancy group of the building and take effect in 2024.
Beginning May 1st, 2025, covered buildings will need to submit a report showing their carbon emissions from the year prior (2024). This reporting of a building’s emissions must occur annually and the report must be prepared by a registered design professional. Buildings that do not submit an annual report prior to May 1st or release carbon emissions above their occupancy group limit will be fined.

Carbon Emissions Limits Per Occupancy Group (tCO2e/sf)

Case Studies

The following two case studies are actual buildings that The Cotocon Group is currently the ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider (SPP).

These GHG emissions projections show how efficiently run buildings by 2019 standards can still be at risk of violation for 2024.

BUILDING A

2019 ENERGY STAR SCORE: 75 (ENERGY STAR Certified)

500,000 sqft.

Occupancy Group B (Office)

BUILDING B

2019 ENERGY STAR SCORE: 43 (Non – ENERGY STAR Certified)

31,000 sqft.

Occupancy Group R-2 (Residential)

Recommended Services

The Cotocon Group offers several different types of services to prepare buildings in New York City for these sweeping new sustainability laws. The services below help monitor and improve building energy efficiency, find cost-effective ways to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and much more: