The NYC Benchmarking Law requires building owners to report data on annual energy and water usage. Click on the section titles below to review how to obtain both types of data.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), manages New York City’s water supply and wastewater treatment, and provides all water consumption information to properties covered under the NYC Benchmarking Law. Only properties that have had an Automatic Meter Reader installed for at least the entire previous calendar year are required to benchmark their water consumption.
Please note that if your building is required to report water data, the City does not accept manual data entries. It must be uploaded by DEP.
Building owners that benchmarked their data prior to 2018 by registering in Portfolio Manager® for automatic DEP water consumption data uploading do not need to re-register again this year. Water consumption data for those properties will be automatically uploaded for every year moving forward. Please note that data is uploaded in cubic feet.
If your property has not yet been shared with DEP to collect water data and is in the Covered Buildings List, log into Portfolio Manager® and share your property information with DEP.
In order to obtain whole building energy consumption data for benchmarking, building owners will need to obtain residential or non-residential tenant consumption data in addition to their base building data. If your property(ies) is/are not master-metered or you do not have whole building energy consumption data, you must request it from your utility companies.
A building owner can obtain aggregated energy data (a building's entire electric and gas consumption measured by month) from a private utility. Both Con Edison and National Grid offer automated upload of aggregated consumption data.
If your property uses energy not provided by National Grid or Con Edison, you must collect the use data from bills or directly from the provider. For example, if your building uses fuel oil, you must collect records of all deliveries from the previous year, create a meter in Portfolio Manager under the Energy tab, and manually enter the date and number of gallons for each delivery. Please note that when creating a meter for fuel oil, be sure that the “Enter as Delivery” button is switched on.
If you already set up your fuel meter last year, enter your fuel consumption data for the previous year by clicking "add entry" below your last entry. ENERGY STAR requires a minimum of 5 monthly fuel entries for the year.
A building owner can obtain aggregated energy data (a building's entire electric and gas consumption measured by month) from a private utility. For customers who are PSEG customers, PSEG offers aggregated consumption data for their customers.