Amendment of Annual Reporting Requirements for Energy and Water Use

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule 

The Department of Buildings (DOB) is amending Section 103-06 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York relating to the annual reporting of energy and water use by individual “covered” buildings. This final rule will implement the requirements of Local Law 33 of 2018 (“Local Law 33”).  

Local Law 33 establishes a reporting and notice requirement, whereby owners of “covered buildings,” are required to report their annual energy and water use (“benchmark”) through the online benchmarking tool that delivers an “Energy Efficiency Score” that assesses the energy use of the building relative to buildings of comparable size and use.  Based on the “Energy Efficiency Score,” each “covered building” will be assigned an “Energy Efficiency Grade” in the form of a letter – A- D, F or N (not feasible) grade.  

This final rule requires the covered building owner to display the “Energy Efficiency Grade” and “Energy Efficiency Score” near each public entrance, within 30 days after October first in a given year.  This final rule is an annual requirement and commences in 2020. The purpose of the final rule is to implement the requirements of Local Law 33.  The purpose of Local Law 33 is to increase transparency regarding energy and water use in New York City buildings and to raise awareness of this issue among all relevant stakeholders, including owners, managers, and occupants. 

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