Local Law Compliance
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis, MN
- New York, NY
- Philadelphia, PA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, DC
The latest trend in mayoral legacies and city-wide sustainability goals is mandatory benchmarking of building energy and water use. It all started with a state-wide initiative in California to publicly disclose public and private buildings’ energy performance. The primary vehicle is through the industry’s leading green building certification, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR for existing buildings. Less than ten states have adopted such wide-reaching mandates, but more than twenty cities are following the path that California set for optimizing their existing infrastructure.
Each local law is different, but the idea behind them is the same, transparency and disclosure are the first steps to optimization. Some jurisdictions keep the first year’s data private so owners have the opportunity to make adjustments before their performance is made public. Some only track energy consumption, and others look at water use too. The bottom line is that knowledge is power. Mandating utility disclosure is a step in the right direction for sustainable management of our shared resources.
We can help you with your Local Law Compliance
Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) is the best partner for any compliance needs because we have 5 offices and do work all over the nation, and have deep experience with the ENERGY STAR program. Moreover, once you see your score, we can help you take the next steps to adjust and improve your building through energy audits or retro-commissioning.
SIG has been helping building owners in New York City comply with the “Greener, Greater Buildings Plan.” Local Law 87 – 2009 is one of four laws that are part of this plan. Local Law 87 – 2009 requires property owners including co-ops and condo boards to comply with specific mandates including energy audits and retro-commissioning of their buildings every 10 years, as well as submitting an “Energy Efficiency Report” to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) documenting the results. We are already part of the solution and we want to help your building be a leader in energy management.
SIG understands the requirements of LL87 and how to work well with Property Managers to help you comply with the required energy audits and retro-commissioning of “base building systems” which includes, but is not limited to, the building envelope, HVAC systems, elevators and escalators, domestic hot water supply, and electrical and lighting systems. For us, integrating LL87 is easy…we leverage our vast green expertise and knowledge to drive, develop, implement and deploy comprehensive energy solutions including audits and commissioning proven to streamline your organizational processes and reduce operational costs.
To learn more about how SIG can help you meet your local law requirements, please call Michael Friedman at 404.343.3835.
Timeline of Benchmarking Ordinances
- District of Columbia, 2008 – Building Energy Benchmarking, The Clean and Affordable Energy Act. http://green.dc.gov/energybenchmarking
- Austin, 2008 – Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance. Austin City Code, Chapter 6-7. http://austintexas.gov/department/sustainability
- New York City, 2010 – LL84: Benchmarking and LL87: Energy Audits & Retro-commissioning. Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP). http://www.nyc.gov/html/gbee/html/home/home.shtml
- Seattle, 2010- Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program. Ordinance 123226and 123993. http://www.seattle.gov/environment/buildings-and-energy/energy-benchmarking-and-reporting
- San Francisco, 2011 – Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. http://www.sfenvironment.org/energy/energy-efficiency
- Atlanta, 2015 – Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance. http://www.atlantabenchmarking.com
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- Philadelphia, 2013 – Regulation on energy and water use benchmarking pursuant to Philadelphia Code § 9-3402. http://www.phillybuildingbenchmarking.com/
- Chicago, 2013 – Chicago Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance – Municipal Code of Chicago §18-14. http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/env/building-energy-benchmarking—transparency.html
- Boston, 2007, Article 37 – All large projects (over 50,000 sf) are required to be built to “LEED Certified” standards. The projects are not required to be LEED Certified, but they must be designed and built to this standard. Even a LEED scorecard must be submitted. https://www.cityofboston.gov
- Boston, 2013 – Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO). http://www.cityofboston.gov/eeos/reporting/
- Minneapolis, 2013 – Climate Action Plan ordinance 47.190. http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/environment/energy/WCMS1P-120169
- Berkeley 2015 – Berkeley Energy Saving Ordinance. http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/EnergyOrdinanceUpdate/
- Atlanta 2015 – Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance 14-O-1617. http://www.atlantabenchmarking.com