NYC Building Owners Face Energy Data Deadline

AN Energy benchmarking deadline looms for non-residential buildings in the New York city, building owners have to report energy use data by August 1.

The recently enacted law aims to increase awareness of the energy performance in non-residential buildings across the city, enforcing the owners of New York City’s largest buildings to report energy benchmarking data.

The law will affect around 16,000 properties in the city, requiring the benchmarking for properties greater than 50,000 square feet, and to do so each year.

These buildings make up half of New York’s floor space and it is estimated that they consume about 50 percent of the city’s energy. With an estimated 80 percent of New York City’s carbon emissions coming from all its buildings, due to the density and number of buildings in, meaning emissions are substantially higher than in other U.S. cities.

Once the energy benchmarking data is received, the city’s next step will be to post this information for commercial buildings on the web, next year.

Building owners are required to continue to submit updated energy use information to the city in May each year.

The new law is part of the City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, which consists of new requirements and initiatives aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of existing buildings. The Plan and new law are supported by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, the law includes benchmarking and disclosure, energy audits and retro-commissioning, lighting upgrades, sub metering and energy code improvements.

New York City has already carried out energy benchmarking on thousands of its municipal buildings, and this fall will release this data publicly.

New York City are setting the lead but other cities and districts (Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, Washington DC, and the States of California and Washington) are following suit with similar energy use data and disclosure laws.

Picture: NYC Central Park at Sunset by Francisco Diez

Thursday 28th July 2011

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