This article covers everything you need to know about Local Law 87\u00a0and\u00a0Local Law 88 compliance. These laws were passed as part of the NYC Greener Greater Buildings Plan, which targets New York City building energy efficiency.\u00a0We'll cover when is LL87 due\u00a0as well as\u00a0LL87 energy audits,\u00a0how to comply with the energy efficient lighting and submetering requirements of LL88,\u00a0and how to maximize the benefits of all of the above for your building. At Aggressive Energy, we're experts at\u00a0NYC Local Law Compliance.\u00a0We\u2019ll help you create a sustainability plan and work collaboratively\u00a0to ensure your energy goals are met without breaking the bank. Read on to learn about\u00a0NYC Local Law 87 and 88! What is Local Law 87? Passed as a part of the Greener Greater Buildings Plan, Local Law 87 put in place specific energy audit and retro-commissioning benchmarking requirements for all buildings over 50,000 gross square feet. It also applies to multiple buildings that combined are over 100,000 gross square feet on a single lot. These buildings must conduct regular energy audits and retro-commissioning measures. The law was created in an effort to help building owners better understand their property's energy efficiency and highlight areas that need improvement. This, in combination with the benchmarking guidelines set in place by Local Law 84, was designed to make energy efficiency a higher priority for NYC building owners. What does LL87 require? LL87 requires that energy audits and retro-commissions must be submitted in an Energy Efficiency Report, or EER, every ten years. To find the year your compliance is required to begin, look at the last digit of your tax block number. All tax block numbers besides 1 and 2 (which are due December 31, 2021 and 2022, respectively) should have already submitted their first report. All following reports will be due to the city again ten years later on the same date, December 31. Your EER should include the following information: \tBasic information about your building \tList of current equipment \tBreakdown of your building's energy use \tEnergy conservation practices identified from the audit you plan to implement \tMeasures you plan to include in your building's retro-commissioning plan What is an energy audit? Word writing text Energy Audit. Business photo showcasing assessment of the energy needs and efficiency of a building Woman wear formal work suit presenting presentation using smart device An energy audit analyzes how much energy a building uses. Your audit will give insight on your building's current energy consumption rate and assess how efficient your energy currently is. Even though you're only required to submit these reports every ten years, you should be benchmarking your energy consumption annually to ensure you're making appropriate progress. What is retro-commissioning of a building? Retro-commissioning is essentially just making sure your equipment installation and performance is done correctly. Similar to how an energy audit\u00a0analyzes your building's overall energy use, a\u00a0retro-commissioning plan\u00a0analyzes the appliances actually using the energy. The goal is to improve your existing\u00a0energy management system and\/or to show you what replacements need to be made. What is Local Law 88? Like Local Law 87, Local Law 88 was passed as part of the Greener Greater Buildings Plan\u00a0in an effort to drastically improve New York City building energy efficiency. The law\u00a0requires the owners of commercial and multi-family buildings to improve the efficiency of their lighting systems and install tenant sub-meters to meet the NYC Energy Conservation Code by January 1, 2025. How do I comply with LL88? Your building(s) must comply with LL88\u00a0if it falls into any of the following conditions: \tSingle building with at least 50,000 square foot of floor space \tGroup of 2 or more buildings under the same tax lot, that combined add up to 100,000 square feet \tGroup of 2 or more buildings under the condominium form of ownership, that combined add up to 100,000 square feet If you are the building owner or a co-op and condo association, you are responsible to comply with Local Law 88. You also have the ability to delegate reporting to a consultant or your building manager. If your property is categorized as a certain occupancy group, it may be exempt from the efficient lighting\u00a0upgrades and\/or submetering.\u00a0Be sure to check with your provider if you think your property may be exempt. How do I upgrade to LL88 lighting requirements? Local Law 88 lighting requirements are laid not laid out in the law, but in the NYC Energy Conservation Code. The requirements vary for each type of application, and there are two steps to energy code lighting standards. The first is how much lighting power is used in a given area, which is measured in watts of lighting per square foot. The second is lighting controls, which are things like switches, sensors, and timers. Here are some tips to upgrade your building to have a light efficient design: \tDetermine any exemptions in your existing lighting system \tDevelop an upgrade and meter installation plan track your progress \tInstall LED lights (or an alternative like compact fluorescent lights that will meet the same high-efficiency standards) \tInstall a lighting control system (required for most commercial properties) \tMake sure your exit signs aren't using any more than 5 watts \tWork lighting upgrades into standard leases (if applicable) \tConsider hiring a lighting consultant \tWork with your energy provider to ensure you're meeting the code standards Lighting system elements that meet NYC Energy Conservation Code requirements applicable after July 1, 2010, do not require an upgrade. Benefits of Local Law 87 and 88 The biggest concern businesses have with\u00a0green laws\u00a0like these is the cost associated with them.\u00a0Green energy\u00a0is an investment, but it\u2019s certainly one that is worth it for both your business and your community. The long-term savings combined with improving the environment will deliver an ROI that makes it all worth it. Local Law 87\u00a0only requires you to submit your energy audit and retro-commissioning report every ten years, which gives you plenty of time to improve your energy consumption and efficiency. Take advantage of this time by creating a realistic plan that allows you to space out any costly upgrades.\u00a0LL87 requirements\u00a0also gets you in the habit of paying attention to how much energy you\u2019re using as well as how much your building\u2019s appliances use. Local Law 88\u00a0uses\u00a0sub-metering to send an accurate price signal to tenants, which helps reduce energy consumption in leased spaces. When tenants can accurately monitor their electric consumption, they are more likely to practice energy efficient habits.\u00a0As a building owner, removing these utility expenses from your balance sheet will boost your bottom line as you reduce net operating expenses. At Aggressive Energy, we understand how busy our clients are. You don\u2019t have time to learn and keep up with the all the\u00a0NYC Energy Compliance\u00a0laws, which is why we do it for you. We\u2019re committed to creating sustainable energy plans that are customized to fit our clients needs. If you\u2019re ready to work with an energy provider you can trust,\u00a0contact us\u00a0today!