Local Law Compliance

Local Law Compliance

USL Technology Inc. provides full services to building owners and managers needing to comply with the energy reporting and analysis requirements that have been instituted in New York City.

We work with businesses throughout the five boroughs offering consulting services ensuring compliance with recent Local Laws, including:

  • Local Law 84: ENERGY STAR Benchmarking
  • Local Law 85: NYC Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC currently comprises the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS), Local Law 85 of 2009, Local Law 48 of 2010 and Local Law 1 of 2011).
  • Local Law 86: LEED Certification Requirements
  • Local Law 87: Energy Audits and Retro-commissioning
  • Local Law 88: Lighting and Sub-metering
  • Local Law 43: Fuel Switching
  • Local Law 48: Lighting Controls
  • Energy Benchmark/Energy Star
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Solar Thermal Technology (Solar Hot Water Systems)
  • Government and Agency Incentives

Our strength in technical analysis and due diligence, allow our dedicated team to further help customers to investigate and find the most cost-effective strategies to reduce energy use and demand through the implementation of Solar Thermal Technology, and Combined Heat and Power.

Energy Audit

Energy Audit

Assessing and analyzing your building’s energy use includes planning, support and documentation, and addresses cable plants, interior lighting, exterior lighting, air handling units / rooftop units and HVAC systems, chiller plants, cooling towers, generators, computer room air conditioning units (CRAC units), air flow management and containment strategies, just to name a few. USL Technology understands that resource and budget limitations provide challenges for organizations faced with technological improvements and legal requirements. We aim to help your organization overcome these challenges, in order to design and build with an energy efficiency and management strategy that is operationally efficient, scalable, and ready for growth.

An Energy Audit typically includes the following:

Level 1

  • Brief on-site survey of the building,
  • Savings and cost analysis of low-cost/no-cost Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs),
  • Identification of potential capital improvements meriting further consideration.

Level 2

  • More detailed building survey,
  • Breakdown of energy use,
  • Savings and cost analysis of all ECMs,
  • Identification of ECMs requiring more thorough data collection and analysis.

Level 3

  • Attention to capital-intensive projects identified during the Level 2 audit,
  • More detailed field analysis,
  • More rigorous engineering analysis,
  • Cost and savings calculations with a high level of accuracy.

We review all critical systems and subsystem components evaluate them against industry best practices. A detailed report of our finds is present to client to help prioritize and projects and execute on next steps.

The following Local Laws include Energy Auditing requirements:

Executive Order 88: Energy Audits and Retro-commissioning for Government and Agency Buildings

Local Law 87: Energy Audits and Retro-commissioning

In order to comply with Local Law 87 (LL87), owners of covered buildings as designated by the Covered Buildings List must submit their Energy Efficiency Reports (EER) to the City by December 31 of the year they are due, once every ten years.

USL Technology will assist your business every step of the way to compliance, including:

EER Submission Guidance

Meeting Compliance Deadlines
Acting as Energy Auditors and Retro-commissioning Agents
Keeping track of Filing Fees
Advising on Deferrals, Extensions, and Amendments
Indicating any Exemptions
Avoiding Violations

In our line of work data is king. Data collected by our auditing team, based on the existing operating conditions of building systems, provides great insight that gets translated into engineering calculations, cost estimates and recommended strategies for energy efficiency projects.

Please note that no energy audit is required for buildings that have either:

  1. Individual heating controls
  2. Common area and exterior lighting in compliance with the NYCECC
  3. Low flow fixtures
  4. Insulated pipes
  5. Insulated hot water tanks
  6. Front-loading washing machines
  7. Cool roofs

Energy Modeling

Energy Modeling

Pursuing LEED New Building Construction Certification for the purpose of meeting Local Law 86: LEED Certification for City-funded Building Projects, incorporating whole-building energy modeling is part of a sustainable, integrated design approach to building projects.

As part of LEED version 2009 rating system, USGBC requires development of an energy model by using approved energy simulation software, such as DOE-2, DOE EnergyPlus, Trane® Trace™700, or Carrier HAP-E20 II, to determine building energy performance.

In such programs, the proposed building is first simulated to reflect the structure’s current design. The proposed building model is then modified to reflect a building that “just meets” the prescriptive requirements of ASHRAE 90.1-2007, 2010 as well as standard practice. The difference in energy use and cost between these 2 building models is then quantified. Creating such an energy model early in the design of any project informs decision makers about potential materials and systems and their impact on the project’s energy performance.

It is best business practice for energy modeling to occur early in the course of a project; creating an energy model at the very beginning of the design effort is vital to developing several iterations of design scenarios throughout a project’s design phase.



Both Local Law 87 and Executive Order 88 require Retro-Commissioning. Retro-commissioning focuses on fixing equipment/systems a building already has in place.

Benefits of Retro-commissioning:

  • Reduced Energy Use
  • Lower Operating Costs
  • Reduced Contractor Callbacks
  • Better Building Documentation
  • Improved Occupant Productivity
  • Verification that Systems Perform to Owner’s Project Requirements

Recommended Systems subject to Retro-commissioning:

  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • and any Building Controls Systems

Please not that no retro-commissioning is required for buildings that have:

(from nyc.gov)

Measurement and Verification

Measurement and Verification

As we continue to develop our expertise in the market, USL Technology partners with industry leaders such as Cisco Systems. Our firm has met the rigorous Cisco certification requirements for designation as an EnergyWise Suite Integrator Partner. This helps ensure that our sales and support organizations are better prepared to properly design, install, and support EnergyWise specific technology and products for our clients.