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.
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 Reports may now be submitted. Please consult the Service Notice for details. Submittals should be sent to LL87@buildings.nyc.gov.
- 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.
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 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.
Buildings that meet any of the following characteristics – based exclusively upon ownership information records of the NYC Department of Finance – must submit an EER:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must include:
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.
To be eligible for a deferral, a building must meet one of the following 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).
|Initial filing (EER/Deferral)||$375.00|
|Approved Agent Registration||$200.00|
|Approved Agent Registration Renewal||$90.00|