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How Local Law Compliance Works and Who Needs It

Local Law 33 Steps to Compliance

Brooklyn Property Management Blog of ProRealty

How Local Law Compliance Works and Who Needs It

Local Law 33 of 20 18 amended the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to energy efficiency scores and grades for buildings required to benchmark their energy and water consumption. Energy efficiency scores and grades for these buildings shall be obtained, assigned and disclosed in accordance with the new section §28-309.12 annually, based on benchmarking reporting consistent with Federal energy efficiency standards. An energy efficiency score is the 1-100 ENERGY STAR®Score that a building earns using the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s online benchmarking tool, ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager ®to compare building energy performance to similar buildings in similar climates. As per Local Law 95 of 2019 grades based on ENERGYSTAR®energy efficiency scores,will be assigned as follows:

The energy label will include both a letter grade and the energy efficiency score for the building.


1. Submit benchmarking data by May 1of every year.

2. The energy efficiency grade will be made available by the NYC Department of Buildings through the Building Energy Efficiency Rating label every year on October 1.

3. Print and display the label in a conspicuous location near each public entrance within 30 days after October 1of every year.

Submit benchmarking data by May 1 of every year: –

To find out if you are required to benchmark, please review your property tax bill from the Department of Finance (DOF) for a section titled One City Built to Last – Compliance Notification. You may also review the Covered Buildings List published annually on the Department of Buildings website for your borough, block and lot (BBL) number. – Check the Covered Buildings List (CBL) for the BBL number of your property every year. – Set up an account in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager ® if you do not have one at https://portfoliomanager.energystar.gov/pm/login.html.

The following property types are eligible for an ENERGYSTAR® 1-100 score and will be assigned a letter grade:

– Barracks

– Data center

– Hospital (general medical/ surgical)

– Hotel

– K-12 school

– Medical office

– Multifamily housing

– Office (covers office, bank branch, financial office, and courthouse)

– Residence hall/ dormitory

– Retail store (covers retail and wholesale club/ supercenter)

– Senior care community

– Supermarket/ grocery store

– Warehouse (covers distribution center, non-refrigerated warehouse, and refrigerated warehouse)

– Wastewater treatment plant – Worship facility

The Building Energy Efficiency Rating label w ill be available annually in the DOB NOW Public Port al covered building property profile on October 1

Buildings exempted from benchmarking or not covered by the ENERGYSTAR® program:

– Multifamily buildings with less than 20 units, enclosed parking, or other property types that are not eligible to receive a 1-100 ENERGYSTAR®Score

– Some mixed use buildings

– a multi-use property can receive the ENERGYSTAR® Score, but these two conditions apply: 1. seventy-five percent (75%) of the Gross Floor Area (GFA) of the property must be comprised of property types that are eligible for an ENERGYSTAR® Score 2. more than fifty percent (50%) of the GFA must be comprised of one eligible property type (excluding parking) –

– Buildings that contain a data center, television studio, and/ or trading floor that together exceed ten percent (10%) of the GFA

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