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Local Law 95

Building Efficiency Letter Grade

Local Law 95 amends the ranges for how energy efficiency grades are calculated as required by Local Law 33 of 2018. Local Law 33 of 2018 required the display of energy efficiency scores and grades for
buildings required to that annually benchmark their energy and water consumption. The energy label will be displayed near a public entrance and include both a letter grade and the energy efficiency score.

Buildings that are qualified for an ENERGY STAR score and are 25,000 square feet or bigger – those subject to Local Law 84 – must display energy grades starting in 2020. The Portfolio Manager Platform of ENERGY STAR will issue scores that compare building energy performance to those of similar structures in similar climates. Building Energy Efficiency Ratings are calculated using energy consumption rather than emissions.

These laws require that buildings that fall under the square footage requirement of 25,000 square feet or larger to publicly display energy scores, in the same fashion as restaurant health scores. Scores will be based on energy benchmarking data from Local Law 84, also known as the NYC Benchmarking Law.

Those buildings not eligible for ENERGY STAR score generation are exempt, and do not need to post energy grades (Contact US link here to find out more on ENERGY STAR eligibility). All ENERGY STAR-eligible buildings covered by Local Law 84 must present energy performance grades, regardless of the building owner’s project financing/affordability status.

Ratings include a 1–100 ENERGY STAR® score and corresponding A–D letter grade. ENERGY STAR® scores are assigned based on building occupancy type, with building performance measured against that of similar buildings.

Energy Efficiency Grade

For a covered building, the phrase “energy efficiency grade” refers to a grade based on an energy efficiency score assigned using the benchmarking tool in compliance with this section:

  • A
    If score is equal to or greater than 85
  • B
    If score is equal to or greater than 70 but less than 85.
  • C
    If score is equal to or greater than 55 but less than 70.
  • D
    If score is less than 55.
  • F
    If the owner has not complied and has been given an opportunity to be heard regarding such non-compliance.
An example of a building energy efficiency rating for a new york city building

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