Local Law 88 - Lighting Controls and Submetering

With Local Law 97, it is advantageous to to start complying with Local Law 88, even though it comes into effect January 2025.

Single/standalone buildings greater than or equal to 50,000 gross square feet, or two (2) or more buildings (same tax lot) together greater than 100,000 sq ft, two (2) or more buildings (in condo ownership) together greater than 100,000 sq ft are subjected to this local law.

Commercial tenants use the majority of energy, but often do not know how much they use because they:

  • Pay a flat rate not based on usage
  • Do not receive monthly statements

Property owners and co-op and condo associations are responsible for complying with the law, however, they may delegate reporting to a property manager or consultant such as USL Technology. Local Law 88 requires:

  • upgrading lighting systems in all non-residential spaces
  • installing electrical sub-meters in non-residential tenant spaces
  • providing monthly energy statements

House of worship are exempt from lighting upgrades, but MUST comply with metering and must document lighting exemption,

Lighting Upgrade and when to comply

Buildings come into compliance during turnover / space renovations. It is highly recommended to track renovations and make sure to upgrade spaces not renovated.

Submetering and when to comply

A good place to begin is to assess what meters the building currently has.An existing building may have :

  • One Con Ed master meter for the entire building (one bill paid by the building)
  • Multiple Con Ed “direct” meters for spaces throughout the building (paid directly by the owners / lessors of those spaces)

Either of these kinds of buildings can also have sub-meters (not controlled by Con Ed) for smaller spaces.

Leases being signed now run past that date. Start the work now to:

  1. Avoid Tenant Disruption
  2. Save Money Immediately
  3. Incentivize Tenants to Save
  4. Plan Capital Expenditures
  • LL97 places sole responsibility of Compliance on the shoulders of building owners.
  • Improving building energy performance woth LL97's carbon emissions limits will require building owners and operators to partner with their tenants to execute strategic and equitable economic solutions that drives down deeper energy use and carbon emissions reduction.
  • When designing or renovating a space, we identify energy saving opportunities for our tenant projects. This can help them improve employee wellness and individual comfort in their spaces. Building owners and managers have the opportunity to improve energy consumption, reducing energy use at the building’s master meter (and the cost sharing is a great incentive for savings!). The program is open to landlords and tenants that own, operate, or occupy leased spaces. In order for a space to be eligible the spaces should be leased or vacant pending lease and be located in a commercial building that pays into the New York State System Benefits Charge (SBC).
  • The days of landlords and tenants signing a lease and then going their separate ways on building operations are essentially over. Landlords/tenant relationships redefined! Pressures can be turned into opportunities. #greenlease, #LL97, #CTP #Commercialtenantprogram, #incentiveforCommercialbrokers, #energyefficiency #simplifiedenergymodeling, #nyccodecompliance
  • Energy cost are low relative to commercial space rents. But commercial office lease agreements s pursed doesn't have to be at odds with energy efficiency. LL97 building energy consumption and its related carbon emissions, are soles responsibility of Compliance on the shoulders of building owners.
  • Are ypu a tenant is a commercial office building that cares about energy efficiency. We can work with your landlord and/or property management firm.
  • Are you a commercial office landlord or a property manament firm that is challenged to find an effective approach to engage your commercial office tenants about energy efficiency on a consistent basis?? You do not have to anymore. At USL, we will minimize and take ownership of the effort to identify and maintain the champion needed for energy efficiency and ensure a collaborative relationship so YOU do not have to! #COVID19,
  • Commercial office tenants care about energy efficiency and the environment. USL will work with landlords and tenants to reduce unnecessary energy use , improve indoor air quality and and occupant healthy and well-being #publicsafety, #COVID19, #healthybuildings, #Resources4Buildings, #healthycommunities
  • Conversation during commercial tenant lease signing should we include of landlord, tenant, architects, engineers and energy managers to examine base building equipment and tenant operational needs. This allows for integration efficiency, which is not standard practice currently. #missedopptunityavoided, #locallaw97compliance, #improveoccupantcomfort, #improvehealthandwellbeing, #goodforbusiness, #goodfortheenvironment, #wholebuildingperformance
  • Lease inception/signing is the best opportunity for commercial tenant capital improvement
  • Commercial tenants and landlords offen overlook or are unaware of various financing options such as "utility incentive programs" and "PACE Financing" that can fund energy efficiency improvement projects without tapping into capital budgets. #pacefinancing, #utilityincentiveprograms, #NYSERDAincentiveprograms, #locallaw97, #offsetcapitalcost, offset
  • Joint landlord and tenant energy improvement engagement and awareness is in the best interest of landlords since building owners/landlords have greater responsibility than tenants to share how their buildings are efficiently performing and how that affects their compliance to carbon emissions reduction relating to Local Law 97.
  • Whole building energy performance as it relates to LL97 carbon emissions reduction targets lies solely on the building owner, therefore necessary for the owner to engage tenant for them to understand the role they play in complying with carbon emissions limits set in 2024, 2030 and 2050 #Resources4Buildings, #tenantawareness, #tenantengagement, #tenantlandlordrelationship, #wholebuildingperformance, #environmentalsustainability
  • Perform a level 1 and level 2 en energyaudit, target to implement energy conservation measures (ECMs) for deeper retrofits and Retrocommissioning to obtain a more detailed breakdown of energy data to plan for a near-term and long-term capital funding projects. Are you LL87 Compliant??? Call - 866-761-0940 or email info@usltechnology.com visit our website www.usltechnology.com/contacts
  • NYC Local Law 95 issues Building Energy Efficiency Rating labels. This law will give the public a snapshot of a building's energy performance relative to other New York City buildings. ... Bringing transparency to energy use in New York City's buildings. Landlords should consider bringing awareness to tenants what this means and how performance is being addressed through whole building energy efficiency project investments. Building operations, and tenant space designs all contribute to the efficiency letter grade.
  • USL, on behalf of the landlord or the landlord's architect, will calculate the building’s carbon intensity (metric ton of carbon dioxide per sq. ft.) and ensure accuracy. Subsequently, with the building’s Local Law 84 compliance, EPA Portfolio Manager will can generate your building’s carbon intensity and energy performance score (1-100)
  • With LL95, your building’s energy performance score can range from (1-100). Here's the breakdown Xxxz, know where your building stands? Call - 866-761-0940 or email info@usltechnology.com visit our website www.usltechnology.com/contacts
  • For local law 97 Commercial Landlord and building owners will need talking points to brokers, property managers, and legal counsel, to help communicate the importance of efficient whole building operation and the overall efficiency through tenant design, and morw importantly the energy efficient operations of tenant spaces as well.
  • Landlords and building owners are best suited to prioritize how to design and build commercial tenant spaces as they arethe ones in the businessofoperatinga building. Tenants can benefit from the technical assistance of architects, sustainability and energy engineers to help inform how to design and build efficient spaces. Commercial tenants can also benefit from facilitating a meeting between the landlords and the tenants engineer. Generally, it is best practice that long-term energy efficiency strategies for a building and how tenant design needs can be met should be prioritized between landloed and tenant before the lease terms are set. This is an important step in gaining visibility into how the tenant can be optimized to use less energy over time.
  • Gensler, an architecture and design firm, has a workplace floor-planning app that generates social-distancing layouts for desks and other office furniture. https://www.gensler.com/research-insight/blog/10-considerations-for-transitioning-back-to-work-in-a-post
  • 10 Considerations for Transitioning Back to Work in a Post-COVID-19 World

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