The New York City Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

On December 9, 2009, the New York City Council and the Mayor’s office passed a set of four groundbreaking bills known as the “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan” that aim to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of New York City’s existing buildings. The electricity, heat and hot water used by buildings in New York City generate 75% of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. The laws affect buildings larger than 50,000 gross square feet, creating a stricter energy code and requiring building owners to perform energy audits, lighting upgrades and annual benchmarking.

Local Law 84: ENERGY STAR Benchmarking >

Requires building owners to benchmark their building’s energy use annually through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Tool.

> 2013 calendar year benchmark scores must be submitted by May 1, 2014.

Local Law 87: Energy Audits and Retro-commissioning >

Requires building owners to perform an ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit and Retro-commissioning on the base building systems and submit an Energy Efficiency Report that documents both processes every 10 years.

> The early compliance deadline is December 31, 2013.

Local Law 85: Creation of the New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) >

Beginning July 1, 2010, requires all renovation projects, regardless of size, to comply with the current energy code which governs lighting, heating and cooling and building envelope.

Local Law 88: Lighting Upgrades and Sub-metering >

Requires building owners to upgrade all building lighting systems in common areas and in tenant spaces to the current code by January 1, 2025.

The CodeGreen Approach

CodeGreen’s team of Professional Engineers (PEs), Certified Energy Managers (CEMs), Registered Architects (RAs), and LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have helped more than 100 million square feet of commercial space in NYC comply with these local laws.


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