Local Law 33
Building Energy Efficiency Rating

Local Law 33 requires owners of buildings over 25,000 square feet to obtain the Building Energy Efficiency Rating labels and display them near public entrances by October 31 of each year. The label includes an ENERGY STAR® score and a corresponding A-D letter grade to give New Yorkers a snapshot of the building’s energy performance.

Understanding the Rating System

The Building Energy Efficiency Rating can be used to evaluate your building’s energy consumption, overall comfort, and energy costs. The letter grade correlates with the buildings’ annual ENERGY STAR® score assigned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s benchmarking tool.

A: Score is equal to or greater than 85
B: Score is equal to or greater than 70 but less than 85
C: Score is equal to or greater than 55 but less than 70
D: Score is less than 55
F: Building did not submit the required benchmarking information
N: Building exempted from benchmarking or not covered by the ENERGY STAR® program

For Residents & Tenants

Choosing to live and work in a building with a higher rating or changing your energy usage behaviors can help you live more sustainably.

What you can do to improve your building’s energy efficiency

  • Check out energy saving incentives for renters, homeowners, commercial tenants, and small businesses from your local utility providers Con Edison and National Grid
  • Let your building owner or property manager know that you care about the Building Energy Efficiency Rating, and encourage them to consider building improvements. You can refer your building owner to this website so they can get financial and technical assistance for retrofits.
  • Use the following toolkits for Multifamily Buildings, Supportive Housing, Commercial Buildings, or Small Businesses to organize your neighbors and co-workers around sustainability initiatives in your home or workplace.

For Building Owners & Managers

Nearly seventy percent of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City comes from the energy used in buildings. By taking active steps to improve your Building Energy Efficiency Rating, you can cut down on operational costs, increase comfort for residents, and reduce your building’s impact on climate change.

What you can do to improve your building’s rating

  • The NYC Accelerator program offers free technical advisory services to help you comply with local laws and improve your buildings’ energy and emissions performance. Send us a message to get started or visit our Resources page to learn about other incentives and offers.
  • Get access to resources, technical assistance, and financial support from the State, City, and local utility providers Con Edison and National Grid to help you identify and implement building upgrades that work with your timeline and budget.
  • Share this one-page summary of Local Law 33 compliance requirements and list of resources with your network of building owners and managers.
  • Raise awareness among residents and tenants, and encourage action by customizing and distributing this memorandum template.
  • Stand out as a leader in sustainability. Demonstrate your commitment to addressing climate change by taking on the NYC Carbon Challenge.
  • Get free training and support to comply with Local Law 33 and benchmarking requirements by contacting the NYC Sustainability Help Center at Help@NYCsustainability.org or 212-566-5584.

For Brokers & Appraisers

As real estate agents and appraisers, you play an important role in making buildings in New York City more sustainable.

What you can do to guide the real estate market

  • Encourage owners of lower-performing buildings to make upgrades that will improve their Building Energy Efficiency Rating to make the listing more attractive.
  • Help prospective owners or tenants understand how the Building Energy Efficiency Rating can impact their satisfaction and energy expenses. For example, a higher rating can lead to lower energy costs and improved tenant comfort.
  • Match motivated clients to low-rating properties that can increase in market value through energy efficiency investments.
  • Guide sustainability-minded clients to highly efficient buildings by using the Building Energy Efficiency Rating system.

Local Law 33 Compliance Dates

The NYC Benchmarking Law, also known as Local Law 84, requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy and water consumption in a process called benchmarking. The Building Energy Efficiency Rating scores and grades for these buildings are determined by the annual benchmarking data and released every October 1st.

May 1: Deadline to submit the annual energy and water usage to the City.

October 1: Building Energy Efficiency Rating labels made available by the NYC Department of Buildings 

October 31: Deadline to publicly display the Building Energy Efficiency Rating label

Please contact the NYC Sustainability Help Center at Help@NYCsustainability.org or (212) 566-5584 for further assistance with understanding the rating system and local law compliance.

For additional strategies to improve energy and emissions performance, explore the hundreds of free, online training sessions offered through our educational partners.