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Local Law Compliance for buildings greater than 50,000 gross square feet

If your building has more than 50,000 square feet, we are sure that your managing agent has been discussing Local Law compliance with your board. But just in case, here is some information that every co-op and condo board should know about.

As part of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, NYC Local Law 84 of 2009 requires all commercial and residential buildings over 50,000 gross square feet, as listed by the Department of Finance, to measure and report energy and water consumption (benchmark) every year, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Tool.

The original deadline for compliance of May 1, 2011 was extended to December 31, 2011. Failure to comply now may result in a $500 penalty, and continued failure to benchmark may result in additional violations on a quarterly basis and an additional penalty of $500 per violation.

Why pay a fine?

Community Environmental Center (CEC) can manage your building’s benchmarking requirements to ensure that your building is in compliance with Local Law 84. CEC can provide your board and your managing agent with complete annual benchmarking services including:

  • Collecting and analyzing utility consumption data
  • Determining different space use types, a requirement of LL84
  • Configuring and reporting energy use into the EPA’s Portfolio Manager Tool
  • Submitting all of the required forms to comply with Local Law 84

And while you’re at it, comply with Local Law 87.

Local Law 87 requires that all buildings over 50,000 gross square feet, as listed by the Department of Finance, complete an Energy Audit and retro-commissioning once every ten years beginning in 2013. Compliance dates are based on the last digit of the building tax lot number.

Local Law 87 requires an ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) level II Energy Audit and a Retro-Commissioning study of base building systems in order to increase the energy efficiency of the largest NYC buildings. Compliance with the law requires that an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) be submitted to the city every ten years.

Community Environmental Center (CEC) has been a leader in energy efficiency audits for nearly 20 years and can guide your board and your managing agent through this complicated process. CEC will provide you with the following services in order to comply with Local Law 87:

Energy Audit

  • Perform a detailed building survey by experienced and certified building auditors, including diagnostic testing of building systems related to energy use
  • Identify no-cost, low-cost and capital improvement measures designed to lower your building’s energy use and operational costs
  • Perform sophisticated energy-modeling analysis of your building’s energy use, in order to identify the most cost effective energy reduction measures
  • Compile a detailed report with the results of the analysis in an easy-to-understand format


  • Optimize your building’s energy performance through examination, evaluation, testing, and modification of sensors, controls, valves, and building operational policies and procedures
  • Immediately reduce energy usage using no-cost or low-cost adjustments to building controls systems
  • Implement training programs for building and facility management to ensure sustained energy savings for years to come
  • Assist you in operating a more energy efficient, cost-effective and profitable building

Community Environmental Center will perform all of the stated requirements of Local Law 87 and file the Energy Efficiency Report on your behalf. As one of the most experienced energy efficiency consulting firms in New York State, you can be confident in our ability to identify potential energy savings measures in your building, and assist you in complying with the law.

Community Environmental center is also a NYSERDA Multi-Family performance partner. If your building is eligible, NYSERDA and Community Environmental Center can provide cost-sharing and other financial incentives for the energy audit portion of Local Law 87. Please click here to learn more about our status as a performance partner for NYSERDA.

To discuss this service with someone at CEC, please contact Sarah Gaddis.

For more about the current results of New York City’s Benchmarking plan: NYC Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report [PDF]