Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning

 

An Energy Audit is a survey and analysis of energy use in a building with the purpose of identifying opportunities to reduce the amount of energy consumed without negatively affecting the operations. Retro-commissioning is the process of ensuring that the energy systems in an existing building are installed as per the design intentions, functionally tested, and capable of being operated and maintained, according to the owner’s operational needs.

 

Requirements

Applicable commercial, mixed-use and residential buildings must submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Owners are obligated to submit their EER in the calendar year in which the last digit of the year coincides with the last digit of the building’s tax block number.

 

Energy Efficiency Report Submission

Energy Efficiency Reports may now be submitted. Please consult the Service Notice for details. Submittals should be sent to LL87@buildings.nyc.gov.

 

Local Law 87 of 2009 Updates

 

Below are the reporting tools for Energy Efficiency Reports

          - Example: Completed Energy Audit Reporting Tool

          - Example: Completed Retro-commissioning Reporting Tool

Note: Instructions for naming the reporting tools are given in the How To Guide. The Professional Certification Forms should be saved in the same manner, replacing the word Tool with Form.

Questions about LL87/09 should be emailed to LL87Questions@buildings.nyc.gov.

 

Violations

Failure to submit an EER is a Major (Class 2) violation which may result in a penalty of $3000 in the first year and $5000 for each additional year until the EER is submitted to the department. The Department will not accept any outstanding EER submission if outstanding penalties are not paid in full.

 

Local Law 87 of 2009: Violations for Non-Compliance

Local Law 87 of 2009 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) once every ten years. Non-compliance is subject to DOB violations.

 

Properties That Must Comply with EER Requirements

Buildings that meet any of the following characteristics – based exclusively upon ownership information records of the NYC Department of Finance – must submit an EER:

  • Buildings greater than 50,000 gross square feet
  • A tax lot containing two or more buildings that, together, exceed 100,000 gross square feet
  • Two or more buildings held in a condominium form of ownership that, together, are larger than 100,000 gross square feet

 

Exemptions from Reporting Requirements

Property owners who have received a violation for failing to submit an EER – and who believe that their building does not meet the above compliance criteria – may email the Department of Finance at benchmarking@finance.nyc.gov. The email must include:

  • The building(s) borough, block, and lot numbers
  • Owner’s contact name with email address or telephone number
  • Reason for dispute with the City’s listed square footage.

 

Resolving a Violation

  • Pay the penalty for failure to submit an EER by mail. Mail payment to:

    NYC Department of Buildings
    Sustainability Enforcement (EERV)
    280 Broadway, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10007
  • Penalties are $3,000 for the first year of non-submittal and $5,000 for each additional year; these are cumulative
  • Payment must be made by certified/bank check or money order made to the NYC Department of Buildings, as per Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York §103-07(m)
  • Include a copy of the Notice of Violation

 

Challenging a Violation

If you believe a violation was issued incorrectly, complete the Local Law 87/2009 Energy Audits & Retro-Commissioning Violation Challenge Form and – within 30 days of the violation’s postmark date –email it to LL87@buildings.nyc.gov. For questions about a violation, call (212) 393-2475.

Email questions to LL87Questions@buildings.nyc.gov.

 

Extensions

To apply for an extension, fill in the EER2 Form: Application for Extension to File an Energy Efficiency Report, sign the form, scan the form, and email it to LL87@buildings.nyc.gov. The Department will notify you by email when the application has been received and send you instructions on how to mail in the payment.
Note: The deadline for submitting extension requests for 2016 has now passed.

 

Deferrals

Local Law 87 of 2009 allows building owners otherwise required to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) by December 31 to defer their filing. The deadline to file the Application to Defer Filing an Energy Efficiency Report is December 31.

Deferrals are permitted when an applicant can demonstrate that the property meets current New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) requirements.

 

Eligibility for a Deferral Extension

To be eligible for a deferral, a building must meet one of the following qualifications:

  1. The building is less than 10 years old (at the commencement of the first calendar year it is due to comply) and all base building systems comply with the NYCECC
  1. The building has undergone substantial rehabilitation (as certified by a registered design professional) within the ten year period prior to the assigned calendar year in which the report is due. At the start of such calendar year, all base building systems must be in compliance with the NYCECC in effect for new buildings constructed on or after July 1, 2010 or in effect on the date of such substantial rehabilitation, whichever is later.

 

How to Apply to Defer Filing

  • Sign, scan, and email the EER1 LL87@buildings.nyc.gov, with documentation proving that the base building systems comply with the NYCECC
  • The Department will email you when the application has been received and will send payment instructions.
Email questions to LL87Questions@buildings.nyc.gov.

 

Approved Agency Qualifications

All individuals performing or supervising the Energy Audit and Retro-commissioning studies for inclusion in an Energy Efficiency Report must be either a registered design professional (a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect licensed in the state of New York) with the appropriate qualifications for Energy Audits or Retro-commissioning services, OR they must register with the Department and demonstrate that they have obtained one of the accepted Energy Audit or Commissioning credentials.

For early compliance projects, the individual that is performing or supervising the work must have at least three years of relevant professional experience performing audits or commissioning services on buildings larger than 50,000 gross square feet.

Local Law 87 of 2009 enables people who are not New York State licensed Professional Engineers or Registered Architects, to register with the Department as an Energy Auditor/Retro-commissioning Agent. These agents may conduct energy and/or retro-commissioning audits and submit Energy Efficiency Reports (EER) after registering with the Department and demonstrating that they have obtained one of the accepted Energy Audit or Commissioning credentials, as outlined in 1 RCNY §103-07(c)(1) – (3).

 

Apply to Become an Energy Auditor

  • Make registration payment. Each registration is $200.00 and is valid for three years. Registrants may renew for a fee of $90.00 for an additional three years. Both certification fees must be paid when applying to register as an energy auditor and retro-commissioning agent. Once the application package has been received, the Department will confirm receipt and email payment instructions

Once payment has been received and the Department has reviewed the application and determined that the applicant has met the registration criteria, the applicant will receive an emailed registration confirmation and registration number.

Individuals performing energy audits and retro-commissioning CANNOT be on the staff of the building being audited or retro-commissioned.

Email questions to LL87Questions@buildings.nyc.gov.

 

Fees

Filing Type  
Fee
Initial filing (EER/Deferral) $375.00
Extension request $155.00
Amendments $145.00
Approved Agent Registration $200.00
Approved Agent Registration Renewal $90.00

If registering for both energy auditor and retro-commissioning agent, you must submit the fee for each designation.

 

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