Local Law 84/133 - Benchmarking

Benchmarking Local Law 84 of 2009 as amended by Local Law 133 of 2016, requires owners of buildings require buildings 25,000 sq. ft. that meet the criteria outlined in the law to to conduct an annual analysis of energy consumption using a EPA Portfolio Manager.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Building owners need only know basic information about their building and have their energy (Fuel Oil, Natural Gas, Steam, Electricity) bills on hand. Benchmarking provides a simple and effective tool for owners and potential purchasers alike to compare buildings’ energy consumption with similar buildings, to start to understand how efficiently it is running.

Violations for Failed Compliance: The Department of Buildings (DOB) is authorized to issue a violation for any listed building that has not provided a benchmarking report. Failure to benchmark by May 1 will result in a violation and a penalty of $500. Continued failure will result in additional violations on a quarterly basis and a penalty of $500 per quarter with a maximum of $2,000. Here is an example breakdown outlined:

  May 1st August 1st November 1st February 1st
Total Per Date $500 $500 $500 $500
Cumulative Total $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000

Every year, to complete the benchmarking process, the newest reporting template must be generated in Portfolio Manager. This new template creates a new custom Compliance Report for LL84 that will then be submitted to the City every year to comply. A report needs to be completed for each lot required to benchmark. You will then submit the report to the City through Portfolio Manager.

USL Technology Team will:

  • Gather survey information about your buildings.
  • Obtain common area utility bills and aggregate reports from Con Ed and National Grid.
  • Review your information to make sure that it is complete and accurate.
  • Upload your information to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, as required by the law.
  • Submit your benchmarking report to the NYC Department of Finance and confirm receipt and compliance.
  • Possibly keep records for customer for three years, as required by law.

For a comprehensive step-by-step and checklist on the LL84 Compliance, visit the following link : http://www.nyc.gov/html/gbee/downloads/pdf/UGC_BMing_Checklist_Mar2014v3.pdf

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