Archive for February 12th, 2011

NYC Local Laws and building energy use

February 12, 2011

*As part of PlaNYC, the City has passed four pieces of legislation that make the energy code stricter, require installation of lighting upgrades and tenant meters in non-residential spaces, and require most buildings over 50,000 SF to undertake benchmarking audits, and implement retro-commissioning measures. The rules also deal with lighting efficiency, but the required changes do not take affect until 2025. One change which immediately impacts existing buildings: beginning in May, all NYC buildings over 50,000 SF will be required to file annual energy and water use reports with the Department of Finance. For a comprehensive PDF of the new rules, please email me.