This article is your complete guide to Local Law 84! LL84 is part of the Greener Greater Buildings Plan, and must be filled by all owners of large residential and commercial buildings in New York City. And although it might seem like a daunting task we have found that keeping up with all New York City compliances, specifically the Local Law 84 compliance can be easy with the proper guidance. Aggressive Energy is committed to giving our clients the tools and resources they need to be both financially and energy efficient. For more help on NYC local law compliance, check out our complete guide to New York City building compliance. If you're ready to learn more about LL84 compliance read on! What is Local Law 84? So, what is Local Law 84? Passed in 2009, Local Law 84 requires owners of large residential and commercial buildings in New York City to benchmark water and energy usage. All LL84 benchmarking data is sent to the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability and used to create the NYC Energy and Water Performance Map. Why Was Local Law 84 Passed? Local Law 84 was passes as part of the Greener Greater Buildings Plan, which is a set of four energy efficiency laws focusing on New York City energy usage and sustainability. The goal of the Local Law 84 benchmarking is to help NYC reach its goal of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and beyond. All applicable building owners must submit their Local Law 84 benchmarking report to the city on an annual basis. How Do I Know if Local Law 84 Benchmarking Applies to My Building? There are a few ways to know if you need to submit a LL84 report: \tBuilding is larger than 50,000 square feet \tTwo or more buildings on a tax lot larger than 100,000 square feet \tLook our building up on the NYC buildings website NYC LL84 applies to all buildings larger than 50,000 square feet, and two or more buildings on a single tax lot that are larger than 100,000 square feet. The first step to Local Law 84 compliance is simply knowing when you are required to benchmark your building. You can learn this by checking the Local Law 84 covered buildings list each year. The list is sorted by the property’s 10-digit borough, block and lot number, or BBL. Checking to see if your building is on the list can easily be done by clicking the control key and the F key on your computer keyboard, then typing your property’s BBL into the search box. All companies on the list are required to submit their LL84 benchmarking report by May 1 of that year. Your property's status may change from year to year, so always be sure to check the revised list when it's released each February. What if my property is on the Local Law 84 covered buildings list in error? If you believe your property was included on the Local Law 84 covered buildings list by mistake, it's likely there is a discrepancy between your records and what is written on the list. For further clarification or to dispute, send an email to email@example.com and include: \tContact name \tContact email address or telephone number \tApplicable building(s) BBL \tReason for inquiry and/or dispute Steps to creating your Local Law 84 benchmarking report 1. Create an account in Energy Star Portfolio Manager Building owners are required to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s online benchmarking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. There, you'll enter and submit your building's LL84 benchmarking data to the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability. You'll then receive your Energy Star rating, or Star score report, which measures your property's energy efficiency. 2. Enter or update your information If you're submitting a building's Local Law 84 benchmarking report for the first time, you'll need to provide the required information. This includes the building's size, year built, and primary and secondary building uses into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. If you already have an account, simply review the information on file for your building and update if needed. 3. Collect and record energy data The easiest way to collect your building's energy data is to request it from your utilities. They will then upload the data directly to your ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. If your utilities has uploaded your property's data before, all you need to do is check to be sure they're still connected to your property. However, if your building uses energy that not provided by Con Edison or National Grid, you'll need to create meters under the "Energy" tab as needed. Then, manually enter the property's LL84 benchmarking data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. You can do this by copy/pasting or uploading a spreadsheet. 4. Confirm and check for errors Always double, or even triple, check that your information is correct before submitting. Especially your BBL and Building Identification Number, or BIN - if you don't enter these in correctly, you risk facing a violation for not following Local Law 84 compliance. You can find your BBL and BIN on your Certificate (or Temporary Certificate) of Occupancy, which can be viewed digitally by using a real estate data website like Marketproof. Use in the "Details" tab to check your building's basic information. Then, check your submitted LL84 benchmarking data by clicking "Check for Possible Errors" under each building's report summary. 5. Submit your report and save the confirmation Once you're done reviewing, it's time to submit your NYC energy benchmarking report. Before entering your e-signature, be sure you've included any and all email addresses you want to receive a confirmation email. You should receive your confirmation shortly after submitting. If you don't receive it by the next day, you may need to resubmit the report. You'll want to save a copy of the confirmation email, the energy use information provided by utlitites, and the information you entered into your ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for at least three years. What to do if you receive a Local Law 84 benchmarking violation Building owners will receive a benchmarking violation if their report is not submitted by the Local Law 84 deadline, which is May 1 each year. If you fail to submit by the deadline, you'll receive an initial fine of $500 and will need to submit by the first day of the following quarter, which would be August 1. You can miss the quarterly deadline four times, with $500 added to each quarter's fine. This means a maximum of $2,000 can be issued for failure to file after one year. If you receive a violation and believe it to be in error, fill out the NYC benchmarking challenge form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form has to be submitted within 30 days of the violation, so be sure to follow up if you haven't received a response after a few days. If you're struggling with Local Law 84 compliance or your building's star score report, it's time to find a supplier that knows how to make your property more energy efficient. Aggressive Energy is here to help! We've been the best energy supplier in NYC for over 40 years, and our team of energy experts will create a strategy that's tailored to your success.