Energy benchmarking is a foundational tool through which state and local governments are able to obtain a clear picture of how buildings are using energy and where there are opportunities for improvement. Benchmarking facilitates energy accounting for property owners, managers, and facility operators by comparing a facility’s energy use to similar facilities, and by tracking progress from year to year to assist in energy efficiency planning. This allows property owners to assess opportunities for improvement, and quantify/verify energy savings.
Local Law 84 Benchmarking Requirements
Energy benchmarking requirements vary from city to city. New York City established Local Law 84 to establish their benchmarking program. Local Law 84 requirements are very specific. New York City requires benchmarking for buildings that exceed 50,000 gross square feet, two or more buildings on the same tax lot, or owned condominiums exceeding 100,000 gross square feet. The deadline for New York City submissions this year is May 1st.
How to Satisfy Local Law 84 Benchmarking Requirements
Energy benchmarking in New York is mandatory and failure to timely submit will result in substantial fines. The law standardizes the process by requiring building owners to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) online tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. PortfolioManager lets businesses compare their energy and water performance of their building to similar buildings. It can also verify and track savings and share and report performance.
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